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    Serial Under Achiever Tiggi's Avatar
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    Default Rhythm And Blues

    This term has variously been used to describe the fore-runner to Rock & Roll, '60s Brit Blues, & now, sugary Soul (R&B).

    How did this happen ??

    Is it that the term is just loose enough to mean any music of African American origin ?? and if so, why aren't other Black American musical genres included ??

    Or don't I understand things properly ??
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    Fifth Beatle gryphon's Avatar
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    I'm not too sure here but I believe R and B was a PC was of saying race music.......................
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    Lead Vocalist bjgeiger's Avatar
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    Rhythm and blues, often abbreviated to R&B, is a genre of popular African American music that originated in the 1940s.[1] 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.[2]
    The term has subsequently had a number of shifts in meaning. In the early 1950s and beyond, the term rhythm and blues was frequently applied to blues records.[3] Starting in the 1950s, after this style of music contributed to the development of rock and roll, the term "R&B" became used to refer to music styles that developed from and incorporated electric blues, as well as gospel and soul music. By the 1970s, rhythm and blues was used as a blanket term for soul and funk. In the 1980s, a newer style of R&B developed, becoming known as contemporary R&B.

    Which is a PC way of saying race music.

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