The Feels of R&B

Trinity Burnett

Rhythm and Blues (R&B) originated in African American communities in the mid 20th century. The music typically consisted of piano, one or two guitars, bass, drums, one or more saxophones, and sometimes background vocalists. The lyrics are used to express the successes and failures of relationships and aspirations, and also African American experience of pain and the quest for freedom and joy. R&B became one of the most popular genres of music and so many artists that we all know and love made the songs we still listen to today. R&B is a genre that still continues to expand today.


Famous R&B artists include Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, New Edition, Boyz II Men, Diana Ross, Jackson 5, The Temptations, Prince, Tevin Campbell, and so many more. R&B has had a major impact on music throughout the years.


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September 20, 2016 |Mark Puryear | Comments. “Tell It like It Is: A History of Rhythm and Blues.” Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage,

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