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Robert Fontenot

The Top 10 R&B Hits of 1950

By July 20, 2013

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Jump blues, West Coast blues, New Orleans piano, Chicago blues... the big rhythm and blues hits at the turn of the decade that birthed rock were distinct in their unique styles, but the '50s are where they started to come together, providing the biggest piece of the puzzle that would lead to the great rock and roll cultural explosion. They were crude and refined, uptown and downtown, jazzy and jumpy, rough and smooth, but black audiences were beginning to find room for the whole spectrum. Read my list of the ten best R&B hits of 1950 here.

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