Negative Creep wrote:
Great idea, but are you really going to consider Chuck Berry r&b? Sure he dabbled in some blues here and there, but other than that I dont hear much of it in his music.
Would it be too presumptuous to assume "Respect" will be #1?
That's the thing; R&B is such a broad term that not everyone is in unison on what R&B entails. For example, some include jump blues, others do not. Others don't consider Fats Domino or Little Richard to be R&B while others do (e.g. New Orleans R&B). Some don't consider particular periods to be included under the R&B umbrella, such as contemporary R&B or even Motown. The fact is, the definition of "R&B" has shifted throughout the decades to include soul, funk, and disco, among other forms of music.
Then we have items that have sold to an "R&B" audience that is not R&B, and then items that charted that are not R&B and did not have such an impact on the populace of the time due to a variety of reasons.
Anyway, to get back to your question, I probably won't include Chuck Berry; he was seen as more of a straight rock 'n' roller, although some quarters do consider him "R&B". I will probably put Berry, Domino and Richard (the latter two more R&B-influenced), along with the R&B-informed girl groups, to a sidebar list because they did appeal to "black" audiences at least.
Also, "Respect" will surely be #1 on this list, so you guessed correctly.