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Rhythm and blues: history with ups and downs
Jerry Wexler was co-head of Atlantic Records and is considered to be the "inventor" of rhythm and blues - at least it was because of him that the name was established at the end of the 1940s. He is considered one of the few geniuses in the music business: because of him, fans refer to Ray Charles as Genius and Aretha Franklin as Queen of Rhythm & Blues, among whose entourage greats such as Otis Redding, Led Zeppelin, Solomon Burke, Cream, Wilson Picket and Willie Nelson , Etta James, Wynonie Harris, Big Joe Turner and many others.
They all made rhythm and blues great - the term was initially a synonym for “race music”, i.e. all African-American music, with the exception of jazz - and changeful ups and downs should accompany the music of America's black underclass.
In the 1960s, the rhythm & blues term became soul, and today the vast majority of contemporary black pop music is called R&B. R&B is anything but the naming of a uniformly aligned music flow.

Vulgar no-go
At the end of the 1940s, along with the steadily advancing urbanization of the black rural population in the United States, a relatively uniform, metropolitan style of music emerged. The first rhythm & blues combos emerged from miniaturized black big bands - they were cheaper for the music clubs in the cities. Electric guitars provided a decent volume, their own piano style was created and the wind instruments cultivated the typical shuffel grooves. The vocal parts received gospel-like decorations and often dealt with sexual innuendos.
That is why rhythm & blues was initially considered a vulgar no-go in the US mainstream. However, it did manage to build its own R&B music industry - this was also the cradle of Atlantic Records with R&B protagonist Jerry Wexler.

R&B and rock 'n' roll
The emerging rock 'n' roll was closely related to black rhythm & blues - in America's metropolises such as New Orleans or Chicago, both directions were used for the same thing for a long time.
Even rock 'n' roll varieties such as rockabilly or high school rock 'n' roll, which were comparatively far removed from R&B, used black dance music as a source of inspiration. The same applies to the inspirations that R&B receives from rock 'n' roll, also referred to by critics as "whitening". So it was probably frustrating that white rock 'n' roll stars like Elvis Presley made millions of dollars with black cover versions, while black protagonists were often deprived of their achievements.
The commercialization of rhythm & blues was therefore the answer to the triumphant advance of rock 'n' roll. R&B remained in black hands and new black talents entered the stage under the new synonym Soul. So rhythm & blues reached a heyday within the soul era. At the highest level of compositional, instrumental, singing and dancing, there was a worldwide boom in rhythm & blues.

The boom
Vocal R&B stars like Ike & Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder and Martha Reeves stormed the stages and the international music charts - their rhythm & blues popular music was nevertheless based on black roots such as gospel and blues with the black independent label Motown Record Company as its center .
The goal was black music that could not simply be copied by whites. However, in the early 1970s these ideas faded and popular black music turned into disco music. Later, black artists - above all the gifted Whitney Houston - gave pop music a real boost with their unique singing voices: soul came back into conversation and with it the ups and downs of rhythm & blues.

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