rhythm and blues


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 By the early ‘50s, rhythm and blues were exploited in the same manner. Chris Varias, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati musicians land on 'Peter Stampfel’s 20th Century in 100 Songs'," 19 Feb. 2021 His family members had their own musical influences, with blues, soul, rhythm and blues. Lici Beveridge, USA Today, "Raised in the Mississippi Delta, the blues shaped music for generations," 17 Feb. 2021 The history of Arizona music is the story of myriad scenes and sounds and players, from country to dance to rock and rhythm and blues. AZCentral.com, "Top 2020 exclusives: The stories you can see only if you subscribe," 27 Dec. 2020 What followed was 20 years of live music of every possible description: rhythm and blues, hard rock, country, folk, indie rock, unknown up-and-comers, living legends and future stars, including the Lumineers and Jason Isbell. Keith Spera, NOLA.com, "Circle Bar, caught between coronavirus and an expiring lease, ends an era as it closes down," 14 Oct. 2020 The first of five 'Chillin' concerts took place Oct. 15 when the New Orleans Mystics, showmen who are always true to their rhythm and blues roots, drew an appreciative audience to Peter Atkins Park on Tyler Street. NOLA.com, "Chillin' in Covington with the New Orleans Mystics," 17 Oct. 2020 Classic rhythm and blues played on our Sunday-morning visit. Marc Bona, cleveland, "XYZ the Tavern: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 18 May 2019 Based on his success as social chairman, Puglia formed JMP Enterprises after graduation to book rhythm and blues bands. John Pope, NOLA.com, "Joe Puglia, journalist and public relations executive, dead at 75," 27 Aug. 2020 The company is named in honor of Swamp Pop, the music genre that blends French-language country, Cajun and Creole music with New Orleans-style rhythm and blues. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Authentic Cajun soda company makes its new home in Oregon," 15 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of rhythm and blues

1933, in the meaning defined above

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“Rhythm and blues.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhythm%20and%20blues. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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