R&B is defined as Rhythm and Blues. The music developed among the African American Countries in the 1940’s. The origin of the music is in the United States. The typical instruments used in their music includes drums, bass guitar, horns, keyboards, vocals, electric guitar, background vocals etc. The primary derivative forms of the music include funk, ska, soul, rock and roll, beat music, dancehall, garage rock, pub rock, hip-hop, etc. Later on R&B music started to be incorporated in gospel songs as well. By 1960’s the R&B music was already famous. Many British bands such as Rolling Stones and The animals became to be known as R&B bands. Contemporary R&B combines many genres like gospel music, funk, dance music, etc. The music though evolved in the U.S, is now popular across all cultures and ethnicities.
Influence of Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson was an icon in popularizing R&B music. The Jackson 5 sang rhythm and blues. Michael Jackson’s debut song, Thriller, is still being sung worldwide. Jackson has influenced many of the leading R&B singers today like Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake and Usher. His album, the thriller is still one of the top-selling albums in the world. Michael Jackson is known as the king of pop music. His influence is commendable. His performances are one of the primary reason on how the pop culture itself started becoming familiar worldwide.
Stevie Wonder is known so, as he was born blind. In spite of his sight problems, he does wonders with music. He is not only a musician but also a great songwriter and instrumentalist. He plays multi instruments. His song, “In the key of a lie” is one of a kind.
Smokey Robinson is famous for his songs with romantic lyrics. His songs like “Got a hold of me” and “Ooo Baby baby” are top notch songs. Robinson has a huge fan base especially females. He was in a group called “The Miracles” which was famous worldwide.
Ray Charles is not only a musician but also a singer, composer and songwriter. He became popular after his song “I’ve got a Women”. Charles combined blues with gospel songs. His other notable songs include: “Hallelujah I Love Her So” and “What would I say”.
Following the path of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin also clubbed blues with the gospel. Her debut album “Respect” became a huge success. “A natural women”, “Call me” and “Think” are some of her popular songs.
James Brown is known to be one of the most hardworking musicians of all times. Brown is known as the king of soul music. He made popular, funk music and brought pride to musicals. His music laid the foundation for rap music as he did a lot of talking in between his songs.