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American R & B

Gospel Grooves, Funky Drummers, and Soul Power · American Music Milestones

by Aaron Mendelson Author · Intuitive Narrator


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A singer calls out to the crowd.

An electric bass thumps out a beat.

Horns blare and strings swirl.

These are the sounds of R & B.

Rhythm and blues music evolved from all sorts of sounds: swinging jazz, gritty blues, and African American spiritual songs. The music's smooth mix of styles made it unique, and its passionate performers made it a sensation. Ever since Ray Charles hit the charts in the 1950s, R & B fans have held it down on dance floors. And R & B singers have belted out messages of love and calls for social change.

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Lerner Publishing Group
Lerner Digital ™
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American Music Milestones


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Aaron Mendelson (Author)

Aaron Mendelson is a lifelong music fan. He writes about R&B, hip-hop, and alternative music for his blog Rockaliser Baby []. Originally from Ames, Iowa, he now lives in Oakland, California. He loves eating vegetarian...

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