Rhythm And Blues

Early rock & roll derived the lion's share of its en-ergy and inspiration from black music. In the Fif-ties "rock & roll" was often taken to be simply a new name for "rhythm & blues," or "R&B," the music industry's generic term for any popular music primarily produced and consumed by African-Americans.

The R&B scene of the early Fifties was diverse enough to accommodate the suave stylings of a Charles Brown, the earthy, fiery Chicago blues of a Muddy Waters and everything in between. But when one thinks today of R&B in the early Fifties, it's usually the vocal groups that first come to mind—the Drifters, the Dominoes, the Midnighters, so many more. During those years, the years just before rock & roll became a worldwide phenomenon, a new en-ergy came into black vocal group music. In the For-ties it had been dominated by the Ravens, the Orioles and other groups that sang love songs sweet and low, after the fashion of the Ink Spots, who became world famous just before World War II.

Around 1950, though, certain R&B vocal groups began moving away from the sweet tones of the Ink Spots' Bill Kenny and toward something much closer to the sanctified shouts of such contemporary gospel groups as the Soul Stirrers, the Pilgrim Trav-elers and the Swan Silvertones. For some in the black community, this was tan-tamount to blasphemy. The new mix of gospel-style singing, sensual R&B rhythms and risque lyrics on such trend-setting records as "Honey Love" by the Drifters and "Work with Me Annie" by the Mid-nighters was as outrageous to conservatives as the rap excesses of 2 Live Crew would be some thirty-five years later.

(When Sam Cooke launched his pop career in 1957 after six years of singing pure gospel with the Soul Stirrers, the schism among his fans was deeper and more permanent even than what happened among Bob Dylan's folk fans after he went electric in 1965.) For young R&B fans, though—blacks and whites—this was electrifying stuff...

Early rock & roll derived the lion's share of its en-ergy and inspiration from black music. In the Fif-ties "rock & roll" was often taken to be simply a new name for "rhythm & blues,"... read more »
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Rhythm And Blues

Early rock & roll derived the lion's share of its en-ergy and inspiration from black music. In the Fif-ties "rock & roll" was often taken to be simply a new name for "rhythm & blues," or "R&B," the music industry's generic term for any popular music primarily produced and consumed by African-Americans.

The R&B scene of the early Fifties was diverse enough to accommodate the suave stylings of a Charles Brown, the earthy, fiery Chicago blues of a Muddy Waters and everything in between. But when one thinks today of R&B in the early Fifties, it's usually the vocal groups that first come to mind—the Drifters, the Dominoes, the Midnighters, so many more. During those years, the years just before rock & roll became a worldwide phenomenon, a new en-ergy came into black vocal group music. In the For-ties it had been dominated by the Ravens, the Orioles and other groups that sang love songs sweet and low, after the fashion of the Ink Spots, who became world famous just before World War II.

Around 1950, though, certain R&B vocal groups began moving away from the sweet tones of the Ink Spots' Bill Kenny and toward something much closer to the sanctified shouts of such contemporary gospel groups as the Soul Stirrers, the Pilgrim Trav-elers and the Swan Silvertones. For some in the black community, this was tan-tamount to blasphemy. The new mix of gospel-style singing, sensual R&B rhythms and risque lyrics on such trend-setting records as "Honey Love" by the Drifters and "Work with Me Annie" by the Mid-nighters was as outrageous to conservatives as the rap excesses of 2 Live Crew would be some thirty-five years later.

(When Sam Cooke launched his pop career in 1957 after six years of singing pure gospel with the Soul Stirrers, the schism among his fans was deeper and more permanent even than what happened among Bob Dylan's folk fans after he went electric in 1965.) For young R&B fans, though—blacks and whites—this was electrifying stuff...

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The "5" Royales - Rock (CD)
The 5 Royales: The "5" Royales - Rock (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17522

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1-CD (Digipak) with 36-page booklet, 31 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min. With the fantastic Five Royales, we introduce another significant element in the transformation of African-American music from gospel to R&B to soul in...
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Rocks (CD)
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1-CD (6-plated Digipak) with 32-page booklet, 33 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 minutes. Long overdue two-part documentary on Bear Family dedicated to one of the greatest Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, Soul and Rock & Roll singers: Clyde...
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The Ballads Of Clyde McPhatter (CD)
Clyde McPhatter: The Ballads Of Clyde McPhatter (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17615

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1-CD (4-plated Digipak) with 32-page booklet, 29 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min. We can't rewrite music history, but we would like to shine a light on a great, influential and underrated artist: Clyde McPhatter. Whoever is...
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The King's Highway (2-CD)
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Headin' For The Christmas Ball (CD)
Various - Season's Greetings: Headin' For The Christmas Ball (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17611

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​1-CD with 24-page booklet, 31 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 minutes. A nostalgic and varied Christmas compilation, not only for the holidays, either danceable or dreamy with a mixture of swing and jazz, rhythm & blues and...
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Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Juke Box Pearls (CD)
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1-CD with 36-page booklet, 31 tracks. Total playing time approx. 78 minutes. • Ruth Brown is not only the legendary Queen of Rhythm & Blues, she also had a baby they called Rock 'n' Roll! Her fantastic voice is genre-spanning - here is...
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A Rockin' Good Way - Juke Box Pearls (CD)
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The Complete Boss Of The Blues (2-CD)
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Blues Kings Of Baton Rouge (2-CD)
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2-CD (Digisleeve) with 52-page booklet, 53 Tracks. Total playing time approx. c. 148 minutes. • A taster of the blues from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on two compact discs. • Like New Orleans, Memphis or St. Louis alongside the Mississippi...
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Heavy Hittin' West Coast Harp (LP, 180gram Vinyl)
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1 LP (gatefold sleeve), lined inside pocket. 10 tracks. Total playing time approx. 42 minutes. • William Clarke (1951 - 1996) ranks alongside Rod Piazza among the most successful harmonica players from the George 'Harmonica' Smith school...
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Collector Card #203 - Jumpin' And Jivin' Louis Jordan
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Collector Card #205 - Rhythm & Blues Revue
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Have Yourself A Swingin' Little Christmas (CD)
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1-CD with 24 pages booklet, 27 tracks, approx. 75 min. All good things come in threes! The Bear Family team sends our own 'Season's Greetings' now the third time! An exceptionally danceable compilation of Christmas songs from the fields...
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At His Best (2-CD)
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The Ballads Of Fats Domino (CD)
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Eat To The Beat - Dirtiest Of Them Dirty Blues (CD)
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1-CD-Album Digipak (6-plated) with 79-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 77 mns.​ An ultra-smutty, ultra fun party with 28 lowdown dirty blues songs. The superb digipac with 92-page-booklet contains many rare photos. An...
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Arthur Crudup - Rocks (CD)
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Arthur Crudup – Rocks Arthur ’Big Boy’ Crudup is one of the most influential bluesmen of all-time. He is the father of Rock'n'Roll! His classic tunes ' That's All Right, Mama ', ' My Baby Left Me ' and ' So Glad You're Mine ' were...
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Piano Red - Rocks (CD)
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1-CD Digipak with 48-page booklet, 33 tracks. Playing time 78:04 minutes. The only career retrospective to combine the biggest hits of Piano Red and his alter-ego, Dr. Feelgood . His irresistibly cheerful songs inspired Little Richard ,...
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Smiley Lewis - Rocks (CD)
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1-CD-Album Digipak (6-plated) with 24-page booklet, 36 tracks. Playing time approx. 86 mns. The most comprehensive single-disc collection available of Smiley Lewis rocking 1950s output for Imperial. Features the brilliant Studio Band at...
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A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw (5-CD Deluxe Box Set)
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5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 68-page hardcover book, 124 tracks. Total playing time approx. 6 hrs.& , A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw - Elvis Presley& , • The first box set devoted to this blues giant!& , • His complete...
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The Cole Slaw Club - The Big Rhythm & Blues Revue (CD)
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1-CD Digipak (4-plated), 17 tracks. Total playing time approx. 40 mns Compiled by DJ 'The one and only' Baster Rübsam from Hamburg. Rare and hard-to-find records, some re-issued for the first time. Classic dance floor fillers from the...
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