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 Impressions: People Get Ready - 21 Greatest Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRMB75141

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(BMG) 28 tracks - digipack The soul singer and record producer Ben E. King was perhaps best known for his international hit "Stand By Me" and as one of the main singers of The Drifters, but especially for the lead vocals on one of their...
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​1-CD Digipak with 36-page booklet, 29 tracks. Total playing time about 77 minutes. • Dinah Washington was not only called 'The Queen', she simply was 'The Queen'. • Her incredibly powerful voice, which is unparalleled, obliges us to...
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The RCA Album Collection (8-CD Cube Box)
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Under The Boardwalk (2-CD)
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(BMG) 28 tracks - digipack The American doo-wop band The Drifters has managed to secure a place for itself in music history and, in a total of three decades, has produced a series of chart hits that set them apart from their colleagues...
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(Stag-O-Lee) 32 tracks After Crazy Rhythms Of Mata Hari and Shake Your Bones here is the 3rd part of the DJ-Set series on Stag-O-Lee. Like its predecessors, this one is a DJ set of 80 minutes by three deserved warriors of the guild -...
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The Greatest R&B Hits Of 1956 - Volume 2 (CD)
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The R&B Hits 1946 (CD)
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The R&B Hits 1948 (2-CD)
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The R&B Hits 1949 (2-CD)
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Johnny Otis Presents - The Best Of R&B Volume 1 (CD)
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R&B Spotlight '59 - 60 Rhythm & Blues Hits From the US Charts oif 1959 (2-CD)
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Georgie Does His Thing With Strings - Knock On Wood - The CBS A's And B's (2-CD)
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(BGO Records) 37 tracks, 3 albums on 2 CDs Fame's 1970 album was expanded for this release by BGO to include the 1967 EP "Knock On Wood" E. P. and all A and B sides released on CBS. With the UK No. 1 single "The Ballad Of Bonnie And...
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That's How Heartaches Are Made (CD)
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1947 - The R&B Hits (CD)
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Letter Full Of Tears (CD)
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(Soul Jam Records) 22 tracks incl. bonus tracks, 16-page booklet This CD presents Gladys Knight & The Pips underrated debut album, Letter Full of Tears, originally released in 1962 by the small Fury label. It contains hits such as the...
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The Greatest R&B Hits Of 1956 Vol.1 (2-CD)
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