History of Sound

Rhythm and blues

%3Rhythm and bluesRhythm and bluesSoul bluesSoul bluesRhythm and blues->Soul bluesLouisiana bluesLouisiana bluesRhythm and blues->Louisiana bluesSoul musicSoul musicRhythm and blues->Soul musicPhiladelphia soulPhiladelphia soulRhythm and blues->Philadelphia soulChicago soulChicago soulRhythm and blues->Chicago soulSkaSkaRhythm and blues->SkaChristian R&BChristian R&BRhythm and blues->Christian R&BHard bopHard bopRhythm and blues->Hard bopDiscoDiscoRhythm and blues->DiscoSoul jazzSoul jazzRhythm and blues->Soul jazzV-popV-popRhythm and blues->V-popAdult contemporary musicAdult contemporary musicRhythm and blues->Adult contemporary musicRockabillyRockabillyRhythm and blues->RockabillyDoo-wopDoo-wopRhythm and blues->Doo-wopReggae fusionReggae fusionRhythm and blues->Reggae fusionPalingsoundPalingsoundRhythm and blues->PalingsoundPub rock (United Kingdom)Pub rock (United Kingdom)Rhythm and blues->Pub rock (United Kingdom)New York soulNew York soulRhythm and blues->New York soulMod revivalMod revivalRhythm and blues->Mod revivalLovers' rockLovers' rockRhythm and blues->Lovers' rockPsychedelic soulPsychedelic soulRhythm and blues->Psychedelic soulBoogalooBoogalooRhythm and blues->BoogalooGroup soundsGroup soundsRhythm and blues->Group soundsLao popLao popRhythm and blues->Lao popPost-discoPost-discoRhythm and blues->Post-discoK-popK-popRhythm and blues->K-popGarage rockGarage rockRhythm and blues->Garage rockBritish soulBritish soulRhythm and blues->British soulMemphis soulMemphis soulRhythm and blues->Memphis soulKorean balladKorean balladRhythm and blues->Korean balladThai pop musicThai pop musicRhythm and blues->Thai pop musicCar songCar songRhythm and blues->Car songZydecoZydecoRhythm and blues->ZydecoNew Orleans rhythm and bluesNew Orleans rhythm and bluesRhythm and blues->New Orleans rhythm and bluesBritish bluesBritish bluesRhythm and blues->British bluesContemporary R&BContemporary R&BRhythm and blues->Contemporary R&BSmooth jazzSmooth jazzRhythm and blues->Smooth jazzFunkFunkRhythm and blues->FunkReggaeReggaeRhythm and blues->ReggaeHeartland rockHeartland rockRhythm and blues->Heartland rockNew Orleans bluesNew Orleans bluesRhythm and blues->New Orleans bluesHip hop musicHip hop musicRhythm and blues->Hip hop musicTejano musicTejano musicRhythm and blues->Tejano musicZhongguo feng (music)Zhongguo feng (music)Rhythm and blues->Zhongguo feng (music)Brill Building (genre)Brill Building (genre)Rhythm and blues->Brill Building (genre)Rock and rollRock and rollRhythm and blues->Rock and rollRock musicRock musicRhythm and blues->Rock musicJazz-funkJazz-funkRhythm and blues->Jazz-funkDance-rockDance-rockRhythm and blues->Dance-rockAmericana (music)Americana (music)Americana (music)->Rhythm and bluesBluesBluesBlues->Rhythm and bluesSwing musicSwing musicSwing music->Rhythm and bluesJump bluesJump bluesJump blues->Rhythm and bluesGospel musicGospel musicGospel music->Rhythm and bluesJazzJazzJazz->Rhythm and bluesBoogie-woogieBoogie-woogieBoogie-woogie->Rhythm and bluesTraditional black gospelTraditional black gospelTraditional black gospel->Rhythm and blues

Rhythm and blues, frequently abbreviated as R&B or R’n’B, is a genre of popular music that originated in African-American communities in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when “urbane, rocking, jazz based music … [with a] heavy, insistent beat” was becoming more popular.In the commercial rhythm and blues music typical of the 1950s through the 1970s, the bands usually consisted of piano, one or two guitars, bass, drums, one or more saxophones, and sometimes background vocalists. R&B lyrical themes often encapsulate the African-American experience of pain and the quest for freedom and joy, as well as triumphs and failures in terms of relationships, economics, and aspirations.