How R&B Has Lost Its Soul//
But the 70s also brought a new twist to the gritty sound of the Blues when Rhythm was introduced. Funk music became a thing of beauty, a genre full of elegant musicianship that many take for granted. Bands like Earth, Wind, and Fire , Parliament Funkadelic , and Sly and the Family Stone  infused their Blues with drums, horns, bode instruments, even, and elevated the genre to something far out of this realm.
Artists like Al Green , Bill Withers , Curtis Mayfield , and Donny Hathaway  took this new form of rhythm-tinged Blues and spoke to the heart in a way that most couldn’t deny. It was Soul, but it was Blues, but it also had a rhythm that made people want to move and sway. R&B had found its home in the voices and hearts of artists who were attempting to take love to another level in their music. You saw a greater range of integrated bands, such as Heatwave  and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, bringing together artists and musicians from the US, UK, and Switzerland to spread love and dance across the world.
It was then that R&B began to seep into the public consciousness. But it wasn’t really until the 80s and 90s when it became en vogue to peg R&B as Black music. It seemed more Black people were clinging to the sounds and beats of bands from the 70s, whose repertoire was riddled with heavy drums and rhythmic time signatures, it makes sense that Blacks gravitated towards the sound. There was so much more vocal power and emotion involved with the beat-laden Blues that without knowing it the genre ostracized itself and became a somewhat segregated form of expression.
The 80s were full of artists with broad sounds and deep grooves that moved people and allowed them to dance and love in the same span of about three minutes and thirty seconds. Luther Vandross [MV], Phyllis Hyman [MV], and Anita Baker [MV] were all mainstays on the Quiet Storm hour of music on predominantly Black radio stations — so dubbed by Melvin Lindsey of the nationally broadcast DC radio station WHUR-FM, who took the title of Smokey Robinson’s sultry and sensual track of the same name .
And, of course, the UK was never far behind, giving us Sade and their sweet melodic love making [MV] and Lisa Stansfield [MV] with her sensual alto timbre. Then you saw the transition from fully equipped bands to R&B groups like DeBarge , Mtume [MV], New Edition [MV], and Atlantic Starr [MV] sweep through mainstream radio.