Rhythm ´n´ Blues

Fats Domino a. George Bush
Rhythm n' Blues music has evolved into what it is today after getting it's start in the 1940s. It began as a combination of blues, rock, soul and gospel music. In the '40s as well as these modern times, Rhythm n' Blues music is predominately associated with the African American culture. This type of music originated in New York, thanks to artists like Louis Jordan, who can be credited as o­ne of the very first Rhythm n' Blues artists.

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.'

Mariah Carey
Rhythm n' Blues music today is still as popular as ever, thanks to artists such as Mariah Carey, Rhianna and Beyonce. Over time the music has changed, but if you listen closely you can still hear the distinct influence of the artists who helped create the unique sound of Rhythm n' Blues.