Reference – Websites

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Name and Description Website Address
Rhythm and Blues Music: Overview

Rhythm and blues (R&B), which combines soulful singing and a strong backbeat, was the most popular music created by and for African Americans between the end of World War II (1941-45) and the early 1960s.

New Georgia Encyclopedia

Rhythm and Blues

The term “rhythm and blues,” often called “R&B,” originated in the 1940s when it replaced “race music” as a general marketing term for all African American music, though it usually referred only to secular, not religious music.

Library of Congress
History of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Explores the roots of rock in such a way as to illuminate the natural progression of musical styles.
Soul Music

If rock and roll can be seen as a white reading of rhythm and blues, soul is a return to African American music’s roots—gospel and blues. The style is marked by searing vocal intensity, use of church-rooted call-and-response, and extravagant melisma.

Encyclopaedia Britannica