from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A style of rhythm and blues popularized in the 1950s and characterized by words and nonsense syllables sung in harmony by small groups against a stylized rhythmic melody.
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- n. A style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America.
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- n. a genre (usually a cappella) of Black vocal-harmony music of the 1950s that evolved in New York City from gospel singing; characterized by close four-part harmonies; the name derived from some of the nonsense syllables sung by the backup
Imitative of the vocals in such music.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)