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Soul music (often referred to simply as soul) is a popular music genre that originated in the African American community throughout the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s.It has its roots in African-American gospel music and rhythm and blues.Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States, where record labels such as Motown, Atlantic and Stax were influential during the Civil Rights Movement. Soul also became popular around the world, directly influencing rock music and the music of Africa.

Smooth soul is a fusion genre of soul music that developed in the early 1970s from soul, funk and pop music in the United States. The fusion genre experienced mainstream success from the time of its development to the late 1970s, before its succession by disco and quiet storm.

Smooth soul is characterized by melodic hooks, funk influence and smooth production style.Allmusic describes smooth soul as “smooth, stylish, and romantic.Unlike pop-soul, which predominantly featured dance-oriented music at the time, smooth soul was more ballad-oriented with generally romantic and seductive lyrical themes.However, its melodic hooks were ideal for crossover play, much like the former. The funk influence of smooth soul’s beats also gave the subgenre its distinction from pop.

The music enjoyed commercial success during the early to mid-1970s through the works of such artists as Al Green, The Spinners, Marvin Gaye, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Bill Withers, Minnie Riperton, Earth, Wind & Fire and The Stylistics.Well-known works of the smooth soul genre include Let’s Get It On (1973), Spinners (1972), Just as I Am (1971) and Let’s Stay Together (1972).As pop-soul had metamorphosed into disco during the late 1970s,smooth soul was eventually followed by the development of the quiet storm format.

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