Rhythm and Blues

  • Start of R&B

    Start of R&B
    1940: Rhythm and Blues, a genre of popular African-American music, originated. Origins are jazz, blues, and gospel. The genre was started in urban areas of the United States like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles
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    R&B in the 40's-Present

  • The Marketing of Rhythm And Blues

    The Marketing of Rhythm And Blues
    1948: RCA records started marketing black music under the name “Rhythm and Blues.” Louis Jordan and his band, Tympany Five, dominated the R&B charts.
  • Top Stars of 1956

    Top Stars of 1956
    1956: “Top Stars of ‘56” Tour, which included Al Hibbler, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Carl Perkins, and more. (Carl Perkins)
  • Motown Records

    Motown Records
    1960: R&B started to become known as soul music. Motown records had its first million-selling.
  • Struggle with Music

    Struggle with Music
    Jackie Wilson: He was a popular R&B singer in the 60's and 70's. His whole life, he was constantly struggling. During this time he was making almost 53 times more than the average person in that time period. His first wife was Freda Hood whom he had four children with. He divorced with her but still treated her as his wife. All of his children died at a young age.
  • British R&B

    British R&B
    1965: British rhythm and blues, known as “British invasion,” became popular, and the Rolling Stones were the second most famous band in the UK. Also, Otis Redding’s song “Dock of the Bay” became known as one of the greatest R&B songs.
  • What Makes R&B Today

    What Makes R&B Today
    In the 80's, Michael Jackson, The Whispers, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Kool and the Gang, Tom Browne, George Benson, Jermaine Jackson, and the Isley Brothers emerge as famous R&B artists.
  • Best Artists of 90's

    Best Artists of 90's
    1990: Babyface, Janet Jackson, MC Hammer, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Troop become well known.
  • R&B in the 2000's

    R&B in the 2000's
    2000: Destiny’s Child, Toni Braxton, Carl Thomas, Jagged Edge, Erykah Badu, and OutKast became popular.
  • Frank Ocean

    Frank Ocean
    In 2012, Frank Ocean became popular. He was one of the first African-American R&B artists to come out as bisexual.
  • Best of 2013

    Best of 2013
    2013: Top 5 songs on Billboard R&B
    1. Happy- Pharrell Williams
    2. All of Me- John Legend
    3. Talk Dirty- Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz
    4. Drunk in Love- Beyonce ft Jay Z
    5. The Man - Aloe Blacc