The Top 100 Soul/Funk/Disco Acts of the '70s (Part 1) and the Classic Albums of the Week: Bob Marley & The Wailers' CATCH A FIRE  and Funkadelic's FREE YOUR MIND AND YOUR ASS WILL FOLLOW .
Rhythm & Blues is the most consistently creative of all American musical forms. Since its inception during the World War II years, R&B gave birth to rock 'n' roll, it morphed into soul music, it spawned disco and funk in the '70s, and by the '80s had transitioned into hip-hop and rap. African-American music has influenced nearly all of today's most popular genres in the U.S. and beyond. Rhythm Radio features the best in R&B, Soul and Funk music from the 1940s through the early '80s.