The good ole rhythm and blues


Rhythm and Blues began to evolve during during World war II. Rhythm and Blues incorporated black musical traditions such as boogie woogie, swing, jazz combos, etc. This post will describe the earlier era of R&B, its diversity, and R&B in modern times.

Earlier R&B

The development of rhythm and blues was associated with many events in World War II. Gospel, Blues, Jazz and Swing were already the sounds of Black music, but all of these sounds began to mix thus emerging R&B .At first it is was known as race music but was later changed because it was deemed as offensive. Some popular artists during this era of R&B was Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, and B.B King. 

Diveristy of R&B

R&B has a diversity of styles. It ranges from the styles of blues, gospel, big band swing, and even some pop elements. Many different types of instruments could be used as well. In my opinion this is the genre that can be twisted and changed and still remain R&B. What I mean by that is that one could experiment with many different elements and instruments.  R&B is a diverse genre that has changed throughout the many eras that it has had. 

Modern R&B

In this modern day of R &B it is hard to pinpoint  what element is being used in todays R&B music. In my Opinion the most used element would be the pop sound. A lot of the R&B music is experimented with even using technological sounds like dubstep or remixes. The style of R&B has always been a unique one but with todays technological advancements it is even more unique. Some notable modern R&B artists today would be Bruno Mars, Mary J. Blige, Lauren Hill, Erykah Badu, and many more.


The R&B genre has gone through many eras and has used many different elements. In most modern eras the use of pop is the most used element as you can see in the last video below this text. R&B is a unique genre and can be experimented with the most more than any other genre out there. It has lasted for decades and I’m sure if will last for many more.

Videos of R&B music through the decades

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