rhythm and blues
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a form of American popular music, influenced by the blues and characterized by a strong beat: rock-and-roll derives from it
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plural noun (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Abbr. R & BThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A style of music developed by African Americans that combines blues and jazz, characterized by a strong backbeat and repeated variations on syncopated instrumental phrases.