ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE
THE TRADITIONS THAT BECAME JAZZ
The One Nation Under A Groove gallery documents the history and influence of rhythm and blues, or R&B, which emerged in the years following the end of World War II. A blend of gospel, jazz and blues, R&B has fueled the development of American music for decades, spawning new musical forms such as soul, funk, disco, house, techno and hip-hop. Rhythm and blues emerged during a time of cultural and political change when the music industry was experiencing significant growth and new technology was affecting how music was produced and disseminated, specifically through the jukebox and the radio. Museum visitors will encounter the stories of Motown, Stax and Philadelphia International record labels, and the emergence of music-dance television program “Soul Train” (1970s) and the MTV television channel (1980). Both played a role in establishing black pop as a dominant commercial genre. Contemporary R&B is also chronicled in detail.