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R&B – rhythm & blues – originated as a mix of jazz, gospel and blues, but has gone on to incorporate influences from funk, hip-hop, and even rock music. The death of an R&B great can create in us a collective sense of loss and nostalgia, the feeling that an era has passed. This memorial site was created to honor and remember musicians, singers, composers and others who contributed to this vibrant form of musical expression.
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R&B Memorials: Remembering the life, death and legacy of George Duke

NEW YORK (AP) — A representative says Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer George Duke, whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul, has died. He was 67. The representative said Duke died Monday night in Los Angeles. He was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. During his 40-year-plus career, Duke appeared on a number of Frank Zappa's albums and played in the Don Ellis Orchestra and Cannonball Adderley's band. He played keyboard on Michael...
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