rhythm and blues

rhythm-and-blues

[rith-uhm-uhn-blooz]
noun
a folk-based but urbanized form of black popular music that is marked by strong, repetitious rhythms and simple melodies and was developed, in a commercialized form, into rock-'n'-roll.

Origin:
1945–50, Americanism

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rhythm and blues
 
n
(functioning as singular) R & B any of various kinds of popular music derived from or influenced by the blues

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