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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Esencial en la musica popular de la segunda mitad del siglo XX, Toussaint es responsable de buena cantidad de exitos radiofonicos y canciones fundamentales del rythm and blues, el pop y el rock como "Mother-in-law" (conocida en Mexico como "Mi suegra llego"), "Working in the coal mine" de Lee Dorsey, la instrumental "Whipped cream" ("Crema batida"), famosa en la trompeta de Herb Alpert, y "Lady Marmelade" de Pati Labelle.
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