Rhythm & Blues: Definition, History, Artists & Songs


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The term 'rhythm and blues' was coined by which of the following?

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1. Which of the following released one of the first rhythm and blues hits of the 1950s?

2. Which of the following recorded a number of early hits for Atlantic Records, including 'What'd I Say?'

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Rhythm and blues (R&B) has a long, evolving history. Answer these quiz questions to make sure you understand the genre's history, as well as the musicians, songs, and record labels that popularized it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be asked questions about:

  • Coiner of the term 'rhythm and blues'
  • Artist who released one of the first rhythm and blues hits of the 1950s
  • Early R&B hit-maker for Atlantic Records
  • Atlantic Records' expansion of their R&B artists roster
  • Record label that was home to the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, and Smokey Robinson

Skills Practiced

Skills practiced include:

  • Knowledge application - use what you know about R&B music to answer questions about famous early musicians of the genre
  • Information recall - access knowledge you've gained regarding record labels of R&B music in the 1950s and '60s
  • Reading comprehension - ensure you draw the most important concepts from the related lesson on the history of rhythm and blues music

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more about this particular genre, check out the related lesson, Rhythm & Blues: Definition, History, Artists & Songs. You'll cover the following objectives:

  • Know the musical influences of rhythm and blues
  • Understand how different groups of people responded to and embraced rhythm and blues
  • Learn how rhythm and blues music evolved from its early days through the 1970s and '80s