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R&B & Soul Music

Rhythm and blues, often abbreviated as R&B or RnB, is a genre of popular African-American music that originated in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when "urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat" was becoming more popular. In the commercial rhythm and blues music typical of the 1950s through the 1970s, the bands usually consisted of piano, one or two guitars, bass, drums, saxophone, and sometimes background vocalists. R&B lyrics focus heavily on the themes of triumphs and failures in terms of relationships, freedom, economics, aspirations, and sex. By the 1970s, the term rhythm and blues changed again and was used as a blanket term for soul and funk. In the 1980s, a newer style of R&B developed, becoming known as "Contemporary R&B". It combines elements of rhythm and blues, soul, funk, pop, hip hop and dance.

Soul music is a popular music genre that originated in the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz. Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States; where record labels such as Motown, Atlantic and Stax were influential in the civil rights era. Soul also became popular around the world, directly influencing rock music and the music of Africa. Catchy rhythms, stressed by handclaps and extemporaneous body moves, are an important feature of soul music. Other characteristics are a call and response between the lead vocalist and the chorus and an especially tense vocal sound. The style also occasionally uses improvisational additions, twirls and auxiliary sounds. Soul music reflected the African-American identity and it stressed the importance of an African-American culture. The new-found African-American consciousness led to new styles of music, which boasted pride in being black.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres.

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Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox

After initial success with the The Tourists, she and David A. Stewart achieved major international success in the 1980s as Eurythmics.

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B.B. King

B.B. King

B.B. King is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of the Blues"

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Chic

Chic

Chic is an American band that was organized during 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers & bassist Bernard Edwards.

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Dr Feelgood

Dr Feelgood

Dr Feelgood is a well-loved British R&B band hailing from Canvey Island, Essex most known for their singles 'Roxette' & 'Back in the Night'

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Grace Jones

Grace Jones

Grace Jones is a singer, songwriter, lyricist, supermodel & record producer, known for her unique look as much as she is for her music.

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James Brown

James Brown

James Brown was the founding father of funk music, a major figure of 20th century music & dance & referred to as the "Godfather of Soul".

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Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny" Kravitz's 'retro' style of music incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, pop, folk & ballads.

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor - often referred to as the 'King of Pop'.

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Nina Simone

Nina Simone

Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger & civil rights activist who worked in a broad range of musical styles.

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Phil Collins

Phil Collins

Phil Collins is a world class drummer, songwriter & one of the defining voices of the 1980s, as both a solo artist and frontman for Genesis

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Prince

Prince

Prince was a musical innovator known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress sense and unique vocal range.

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Simply Red

Simply Red

Simply Red is a British soul and pop band drawing upon influences ranging from blue-eyed soul, New Romantic & rock to reggae & jazz.

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Tina Turner

Tina Turner

Tina Turner is one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time, she has also been referred to as The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll.

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Tom Jones

Tom Jones

National treasure Tom Jones has been entertaining audiences for over six decades with his powerful voice and sex appeal

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