Rhythm ´n´ Blues
The term 'Rhythm n' Blues' started being widely used in the late '40s. Before that, people referred to it as 'Race Music.' Most people found 'Race Music' offensive, and 'Rhythm n' Blues' was a welcome replacement. The term stuck until the 1980s, when the music changed significantly and people began saying 'R & B' instead of 'Rhythm n' Blues.'
Some of the more notable Rhythm n' Blues artists of the past were Louis Jordan, Jimmy Witherspoon, Johnny Otis, Little Richard, James Brown, Fats Domino and Sam Cooke. Although Rhythm n' Blues is predominately an African American style of music, there have been some white artists who have done well for themselves in this genre. Some popular white Rhythm n' Blues artists are Georgie Lewis, The Righteous Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis and, more recently, The Bee Gees. Rhythm n' Blues music performed by white people was commonly referred to as 'Blue Eyed Soul.'