Rhythm and blues, often known as R&B or rhythm and blues, is a term that refers to a variety of post-war African-American popular music as well as some white rock music influenced by it. When Jerry Wexler was editing the charts for the trade newspaper Billboard in 1947, he discovered that record labels recording Black popular music believed the chart titles of the period (Harlem Hit Parade, Sepia, and Race) were derogatory. After two years of using the phrase rhythm and blues in news articles, the magazine changed the name of the chart in its June 17, 1949, edition.
Although the records that followed featured on Billboard’s rhythm-and-blues chart in a variety of styles, the term “rhythm-and-blues” was used to include a number of current forms that emerged at the time. The term’s most widely accepted definition is as a description of sophisticated urban music that had been developing since the 1930s, when Louis Jordan’s small combo began making blues-based records with humorous lyrics and upbeat rhythms that owed as much to boogie-woogie as to traditional blues forms. Jump blues, as the song was called, developed a beat that became the dominant Black popular music genre during and after WWII.
Its most well-known practitioners included Jordan, Amos Milburn, Roy Milton, Jimmy Liggins, Joe Liggins, Floyd Dixon, Wynonie Harris, Big Joe Turner, and Charles Brown. Many of the songs in these vocalists’ repertoires were traditional 12-bar A-A-B blues, while others were pure pop melodies, light jazz instrumentals, or pseudo-Latin works.
Top R&B Concert Performers
- New Edition
- Alicia Keys
- John Legend
- Earth, Wind and Fire
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