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soul music

a fervent type of popular music developed in the late 1950s by black Americans as a secularized form of gospel music, with rhythm-and-blues influences, and distinctive for its earthy expressiveness, variously plaintive or raucous vocals, and often passionate romanticism or sensuality.
Also called soul.
Origin of soul music
1960-65, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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