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 Elvis had seven No. 1 hits on Billboard’s rhythm and blues chart, which reflected African American music sales, and Black stations were more likely to play his music than White stations. Ken Budd, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 Other musical interests included country, rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll and opera, his favorite singer being Luciano Pavarotti. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 27 Apr. 2022 Will Boyz II Men bring their legendary rhythm and blues 90's sound to Summerfest again after performing at State Fair last year? Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Mar. 2022 Other famous faces in the world of rock and rhythm and blues, such as Little Richard, B.B. King, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, will also be featured in the film. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Feb. 2022 With the synonymous instrument of rhythm and blues and rock-and-roll, but the instrument was a blues voice, and the face of it was Black. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 4 Feb. 2022 Several gatherings are planned at the hotel, including a private rhythm and blues night around the rooftop pool and bar, attended by about 200 guests, Davis said. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, 28 Jan. 2022 The pair’s Americana sound is rooted in country and bluegrass and New Orleans rhythm and blues. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Dec. 2021 Their first album had a rhythm and blues and Merseybeat feel, and didn’t immediately make waves for the Blues. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 29 Jun. 2022.

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