Definition of rhythm and blues noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

rhythm and blues

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[uncountable](abbreviation R & B) Styles of music
 
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a type of music that is a mixture of blues and jazz and has a strong rhythm See related entries: Styles of music Culture Rhythm and blues was developed in the 1950s and 1960s and played especially by African Americans. Leading R and B stars included 'Muddy'Waters, Joe Turner, B B King and 'Fats' Domino.
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