Rhythm and blues is a genre of popular African-American music that originated in the 1940s. The term was used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to African Americans, at a time when urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat was becoming more popular. R&B lyrical themes often encapsulate the African-American experience of pain and the quest for freedom and joy. Here we chronicle the beginnings of a genre that would one day become the baseline for all others.

01 The Midnight Hour Ray Charles 3:01

02 Daddy Daddy Ruth Brown 2:56

03 Ting A Ling The Clovers 3:08

04 A Beggar For Your Kisses The Diamonds 2:59

05 Gator’s Groove Willis Gator Jackson 2:38

06 The Chill Is On Big Joe Turner 2:46

07 Wheel Of Fortune The Cardinals 2:52

08 One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show Sticks McGhee 2:40

09 Anytime Anyplace Anywhere Joe Morris 3:03

10 Danny Boy Al Hibbler 3:12

11 Tee Nah Nah Harry Van Wallis 2:36

12 Hey Little Girl Professor Longhair 3:02

13 Cole Slaw Frank Culley 3:07

14 Midnight Special Tiny Grimes 2:45

15 Flamingo Earl Bostic 2:41

16 Love Machine Wynonie Harris 2:27

17 Lawdy Miss Clawdy Lloyd Price 2:32

18 Juke Little Walter 2:45

19 Feelin’ Good Little Junior’s Blue Flames 2:58

20 Money Honey The Drifters 2:56

Total Playing Time: 57:04