The work of African-American artists was referred to as "race music" until Billboard magazine adopted the term "Rhythm and Blues" in the late 1940's.
Early R&B evolved from Blues (chords and riffs) and Jazz (swing rhythms and a horn-driven line-up). By the mid-1950's the subgenres Doo Wop, Electric Blues, and New Orleans R&B had emerged. Urbanized R&B became the Soul of the 1960's from which Funk emerged a decade later.
Urban is the smooth, polished R&B/Soul of the 1980's and 1990's. Contemporary R&B retains the slick production values while reclaiming the grit and spirit of classic R&B and Soul.
An interactive music survey with contests, chat rooms, trivia, music charts, bulletin boards, merchandise, links and music information.
Article about the 70's east coast bands.
The Regal Theater provided some of the greatest black live entertainment in Chicago. Site details pictures and history.
Toby Walker's guide to soul music, including over a thousand biographies of artists.
Audio samples, articles, chat, soundcards, discussion forum, and shopping links.
Official site features history, music, merchandise, and news on the home of the Memphis Sound.
News about rhythm and blues, collected from various sources on the web.
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