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soul music

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noun

a fervent type of popular music developed in the late 1950s by Black Americans as a secularized form of gospel music, with rhythm-and-blues influences, and distinctive for its earthy expressiveness, variously plaintive or raucous vocals, and often passionate romanticism or sensuality.

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Also called soul.

Origin of soul music

An Americanism dating back to 1960–65
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