Friday, February 26, 2010

picture of Mariah Carey songbook
Black History Month: R&B

Today, R&B means a very specific style, but the term originated in the days of segregation, when record stores put music by blacks in one part of the store and music by whites in another part.

The Music Collection has CDs from every era of rhythm & blues. A very special reference collection (can only be streamed to carrels, not checked out) is a multi-disc sampler from important R&B label, Atlantic Records, covering 1947-1974. Another important label is Motown, whose artists included Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and others.

Recent stars are also represented in the collection, such as Beyoncé and Mariah Carey.

Use the subject Rhythm and blues music to find more fine artists in the Music Collection.

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