Rhythm and Blues Music: Overview

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In the 70s, Philadelphia International (featuring The O’Jays, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Jerry Bell, Archie Bell & The Drells and Billy Paul) and Hi Records (that includes Al Green, O. V. Wright and Ann Peebles) received R&B hits. In 1951, Little Richard Penniman began recording for RCA Records in the leap blues style of late 1940s stars Roy Brown and Billy Wright.

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His work on this decade put Atlantic on the forefront of soul music. Gerald Wexler was born in The Bronx, New York City, the son of a German Jewish father and a Polish Jewish mom; he grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan. Despite graduating from George Washington High School at age 15, he dropped out of the City College of New York after two semesters. In 1935, Wexler enrolled at what’s now Kansas State University, where he studied intermittently for several years. Following his service in the Army, Wexler grew to become a critical scholar, and he graduated from Kansas State with a B.A.

Chuck Willis was singing at block parties, dances, and expertise exhibits in Atlanta when he met Zenas Sears, who grew to become his supervisor. Willis had hits on each the R&B and pop charts from 1956 to 1958.

Although she admitted being unable to describe the way of singing she heard, Forten wrote that the songs “can’t be sung and not using a full heart and a troubled spirit”, circumstances which have impressed numerous blues … Read More