rhythm and blues

noun

Definition of rhythm and blues

: popular music typically including elements of blues and African American folk music and marked by a strong beat and simple chord structure

Examples of rhythm and blues in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The group drew elements from rhythm and blues, funk, and disco in a flashy crowd-pleasing mix that spawned eight No. 1 hits. Arkansas Online, "Ronstadt, `Sesame Street' to receive Kennedy Center Honors," 8 Dec. 2019 The group drew elements from rhythm and blues, funk, and disco in a flashy crowd-pleasing mix that spawned eight No. 1 hits. Ashraf Khalil, chicagotribune.com, "Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, `Sesame Street’ to receive Kennedy Center Honors," 8 Dec. 2019 The group drew elements from rhythm and blues, funk, and disco in a flashy crowd-pleasing mix that spawned eight No. 1 hits. Arkansas Online, "Ronstadt, `Sesame Street' to receive Kennedy Center Honors," 8 Dec. 2019 The group drew elements from rhythm and blues, funk, and disco in a flashy crowd-pleasing mix that spawned eight No. 1 hits. Arkansas Online, "Ronstadt, `Sesame Street' to receive Kennedy Center Honors," 8 Dec. 2019 The group drew elements from rhythm and blues, funk, and disco in a flashy crowd-pleasing mix that spawned eight No. 1 hits. Ashraf Khalil, chicagotribune.com, "Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, `Sesame Street’ to receive Kennedy Center Honors," 8 Dec. 2019 Kermit’s Treme Mother in Law Lounge, 1500 N. Claiborne Ave., is the starting point for a second-line parade celebrating New Orleans’ late psychedelic rhythm and blues master Dr. John on Friday (June 7) at 4 p.m, according to a Facebook post. Doug Maccash, nola.com, "Dr. John second-line Friday at Mother in Law Lounge," 7 June 2019 On our visit disco and light rhythm and blues played. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Boss Dog Brewing Co.: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 30 Nov. 2019 New Orleans rhythm and blues musician Deacon John Moore had been scheduled to sing during the Saturday ceremony. Washington Post, "As storm moved in, 1 couple moved up their wedding ceremony," 13 July 2019

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1933, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2020

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“Rhythm and blues.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhythm%20and%20blues. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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