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Robert Fontenot

The Top 10 R&B Hits of 1951

By September 22, 2013

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1951 was the year blues went electric, vocal groups went blue, jump blues started to swing harder, and both cars and sex came to the forefront of "race music." Not that all those changes hadn't been approaching since the end of WWII, but they were starting to meld together into one -- and middle America, quietly but significantly, was beginning to tune in. See my list of the biggest and best R&B hits of 1951 here.


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