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

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The guitarist and songwriter, born in Windsor, got his start as a teenager playing at rhythm and blues clubs around Hartford, went on to form the band the Wildweeds and eventually ended up playing in NRBQ for a couple decades. John Adamian, courant.com, "Big Al Anderson and the Floor Models playing The Kate," 28 June 2019 His psychedelic rhythm and blues fit the picture perfectly. Doug Maccash, nola.com, "The world reacts to Dr. John’s death," 6 June 2019 New Orleans’ great psychedelic rhythm and blues master Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., better known by his stage name Dr. John, died on Thursday (June 6) at age 77. Doug Maccash, nola.com, "Dr. John’s second-line parade rambled through the Treme Friday," 7 June 2019 African drumming, jazz, blues, neo-soul, gospel, rhythm and blues, and reggae music, exhibits, health screenings, two-on-two basketball tourney, art and crafts, food. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "Six fun SF Bay Area ways to celebrate Juneteenth 2019," 6 June 2019 It was formed in the 1970s and was famous for a distinctive blend of soul, funk and New Orleans rhythm and blues. Washington Post, "Neville Brothers saxophonist Charles Neville dead at 79," 26 Apr. 2018 Edward, a graduate of the University of London, prefers rhythm and blues and dreams of writing a series of popular history books. Ian Mcewan, New York Times, "Review: In ‘On Chesil Beach,’ a Honeymoon Gone Wrong," 16 May 2018 The first Chi-Soul Fest, hosted by Navy Pier Wednesday to Saturday, pays homage in part to the sound of rhythm and blues on Record Row. Morgan Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Navy Pier hosts first annual Chi-Soul Fest," 27 June 2018 The Wizard of Oz’’ that featured an all-black cast and told the story of Dorothy & Co. to the accompaniment of rhythm and blues, pop, soul, gospel, and funk. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "An exuberant journey down the yellow brick road in ‘The Wiz’," 22 May 2018

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1933, in the meaning defined above

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