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Meaning of rhythm-and-blues

rhythm-and-blues

Pronunciation: (ri'um-un-blz'), [key]
— n.
  1. a folk-based but urbanized form of black popular music that is marked by strong, repetitious rhythms and simple melodies and was developed, in a commercialized form, into rock-'n'-roll.
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