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 new EP consists of four classic rhythm and blues tracks from our live set.
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Each musician from the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra took their turn to take centre stage and shine, and boy did they shine.
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Although the voices of African Americans -- through the oral and expressive medium of music -- have often attracted white audiences, Brian Ward asserts that Rhythm and Blues was the first musical genre to infiltrate white culture successfully.
As one of the founding members of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1988, she continues to fight for artists' royalty reform, financial assistance and recognition for a whole generation of R&B Artists to whom we owe so much.
Root is still performing and they can see him perform again at the Rhythm and Blues Club.
But Belushi and Aykroyd's real mission in making the film was to ``exploit their celebrity to focus the spotlight on these great rhythm and blues artists.
RHYTHM and blues band Nine Below Zero make their second journey to Blaenau Gwent next month, to play at the Beaufort Theatre, Ebbw Vale on Friday, January 18.
Such seminal texts as Blues People (1963) and Black Music (1968) by the legendary poet, playwright, critic, and activist Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones), as well as such major and provocative books as Mystery Train (1975) by music critic and cultural historian Greil Marcus, Peter Gurainick's Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom (1986), Nelson George's acclaimed works Where Did Our Love Go?