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rhythm and blues


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. A style of music developed by African Americans that combines blues and jazz, characterized by a strong backbeat and repeated variations on syncopated instrumental phrases.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a style of music combining elements of jazz and blues having syncopated rhythms and a strong backbeat; it was developed by African Americans in the late 1940s

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a combination of blues and jazz that was developed in the United States by Black musicians; an important precursor of rock 'n' roll


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