rhythm and blues

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rhythm and blues

pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Abbr. R & B
A style of music developed by African Americans that combines blues and jazz, characterized by a strong backbeat and repeated variations on syncopated instrumental phrases.

rhythm and blues

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(Pop Music) (functioning as singular) any of various kinds of popular music derived from or influenced by the blues. Abbreviation: R & B

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a folk-based form of black popular music forerunning rock.
[1945–50, Amer.]

rhythm and blues

A very popular and wide-ranging style of music that emerged from traditional blues in the 1940s. R&B can be characterized by its use of blues chords played over a strong and consistent backbeat and by its emphasis on composition rather than the improvisation common in traditional blues. Hip hop, rap, soul, and disco are all categories of R&B and R&B also formed the foundation of rock and roll.
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Noun1.rhythm and blues - a combination of blues and jazz that was developed in the United States by Black musicians; an important precursor of rock 'n' roll
African-American music, black music - music created by African-American musicians; early forms were songs that had a melodic line and a strong rhythmic beat with repeated choruses
popular music, popular music genre - any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)
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The Late Great Johnny Ace and the Transition from R&B to Rock 'n' Roll, reveals the true story of a Rhythm 'n' Blues legend and his role in the transition from Rhythm 'n' Blues to Rock 'n' Roll.
The Late Great Johnny Ace is mandatory reading for any fan or scholar of Rhythm 'n' Blues, Rock 'n' Roll, or American Popular Culture.