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Vinyls are a great way to experience your favourite albums, ready to listen to on the reliable record player. Nothing compares to holding a physical copy in your hands, and the music community has come to hold the format in high esteem.
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The History Of R&B And Soul
Rhythm and blues (more commonly referred to as R&B) originated in African American communities during the late 1930s and early ‘40s. Evolving from blues and jazz, the genre would itself lay the groundwork for another evolution in music: rock and roll.
R&B became what it is today thanks to the efforts of pioneers such as Ray Charles, Ruth Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin — to name a few influential figures.
Eventually, R&B metamorphosised into soul, a genre characterised as funky, loose, and joyful. Soul was profoundly influenced gospel music from the late 1950s, merging with the unique sounds of R&B to create something new. As the genre became more popular, James Brown and Aretha Franklin spearheaded soul music into the charts.
Throughout history, R&B and soul have influence music on a massive scale, sowing the seeds for many music genres, such as gospel, blues, jazz, rock & roll, funk, and hip hop. Undeniably, these two genres are responsible for many of the fan-favourite albums we listen to today.
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