Early R&B Lyrics

Evolving out of jump blues in the late '40s, R&B laid the groundwork for rock & roll. R&B kept the tempo and the drive of jump blues, but its instrumentation was sparer and the emphasis was on the song, not improvisation. It was blues chord changes played with an insistent backbeat. During the '50s, R&B was dominated by vocalists like Ray Charles and Ruth Brown, as well as vocal groups like the Drifters and the Coasters. Eventually, R&B metamorphosed into soul, which was funkier and looser than the pile-driving rhythms of R&B.
Artists Discs Lyrics
·     Aaron Neville Lyrics 12 156
·     Albert King Lyrics 21 57
·     Arthur Alexander Lyrics 2 10
·     Barbara Lewis Lyrics 0 14
·     Barbara Lynn Lyrics 0 10
·     Barrett Strong Lyrics 0 3
·     B.B. King Lyrics 0 465
·     Ben E. King Lyrics 0 29
·     Betty Johnson Lyrics 0 16
·     Big Joe Turner Lyrics 0 14
·     Billy Preston Lyrics 10 18
·     Bo Diddley Lyrics 15 59
·     Bobby Day Lyrics 4 7
·     Bobby Freeman Lyrics 0 10
·     Bobby Marchan Lyrics 0 3
·     Brook Benton Lyrics 11 60
·     Brownie McGhee Lyrics 0 10
·     Burt Bacharach Lyrics 18 90
·     Buster Brown Lyrics 0 16
·     Cadillacs Lyrics 0 6
·     Carla Thomas Lyrics 0 21
·     Champion Jack Dupree Lyrics 5 14
·     Chris Kenner Lyrics 0 2
·     Chris Montez Lyrics 2 8
·     Chubby Checker Lyrics 14 50
·     Chuck Berry Lyrics 22 169
·     Clyde Mcphatter Lyrics 3 24
·     Coasters Lyrics 0 25
·     Darlene Love Lyrics 1 9
·     Dee Clark Lyrics 3 11
·     Della Reese Lyrics 7 13
·     Dinah Washington Lyrics 0 70
·     Dion Lyrics 0 89
·     Don Covay Lyrics 0 26
·     Earl Grant Lyrics 0 3
·     Eddie Holland Lyrics 0 4
·     Esther Phillips Lyrics 0 10
·     Etta James Lyrics 36 112
·     Fats Domino Lyrics 38 126
·     Frankie Lymon Lyrics 0 3
·     Garnet Mimms Lyrics 0 10
·     Gary "u.S." Bonds Lyrics 0 22
·     Gene Chandler Lyrics 0 26
·     Gene McDaniels Lyrics 0 6
·     Hank Ballard Lyrics 0 4
·     Howlin' Wolf Lyrics 10 28
·     Ike & Tina Turner Lyrics 12 31
·     Isley Brothers Lyrics 0 92
·     Ivory Joe Hunter Lyrics 0 4
·     Jackie Wilson Lyrics 9 49
·     James Brown Lyrics 45 164
·     Jan Bradley Lyrics 0 2
·     Jerry Butler Lyrics 8 35
·     Jewel Akens Lyrics 0 2
·     Jimmy Ruffin Lyrics 2 5
·     Jimmy Soul Lyrics 0 2
·     Joe Tex Lyrics 7 23
·     Johnnie Taylor Lyrics 15 36
·     Johnny Guitar Watson Lyrics 0 5
·     Kandi Lyrics 0 31
·     King Curtis Lyrics 0 2
·     Lavern Baker Lyrics 7 25
·     Lee Dorsey Lyrics 3 17
·     Lenny Welch Lyrics 0 8
·     Little Milton Lyrics 0 15
·     Little Richard Lyrics 6 42
·     Little Willie John Lyrics 5 32
·     Lloyd Price Lyrics 5 19
·     Lou Rawls Lyrics 22 44
·     Louis Jordan Lyrics 3 34
·     Louis Prima Lyrics 7 20
·     Marv Johnson Lyrics 0 10
·     Marvin Gaye Lyrics 26 210
·     Mary Wells Lyrics 6 31
·     Maxine Brown Lyrics 0 10
·     Memphis Slim Lyrics 0 18
·     Nancy Wilson Lyrics 27 90
·     Nat King Cole Lyrics 0 309
·     Patti Labelle Lyrics 20 124
·     Professor Longhair Lyrics 12 4
·     Ray Charles Lyrics 55 271
·     Roy Hamilton Lyrics 0 8
·     Ruff Endz Lyrics 3 31
·     Ruth Brown Lyrics 0 12
·     Sam Cooke Lyrics 12 110
·     Sammy Turner Lyrics 0 5
·     Shirley Ellis Lyrics 1 6
·     Slim Harpo Lyrics 4 19
·     Smokey Robinson Lyrics 25 64
·     Solomon Burke Lyrics 10 46
·     Supremes Lyrics 0 345
·     Swingin' Medallions Lyrics 0 1
·     T-Bone Walker Lyrics 2 15
·     Temptations Lyrics 0 186
·     The Olympics Lyrics 0 17
·     Thurston Harris Lyrics 0 3
·     Tommy Edwards Lyrics 0 17
·     Toussaint McCall Lyrics 0 1
·     Toys Lyrics 0 5
·     Wilbert Harrison Lyrics 1 3
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