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RIRBPS started as an ambitious idea of Dr. Edward A. Coates, ED.D, a self taught, former part-time rhythm and blues musician, who, together with a small group of grassroots R-and-B lovers and performers, founded and incorporated the Society December 1, 2003. The Society received advanced approval as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in July 2004. The Society ensures that the R-and-B desires of members with special tastes and interests, as well as the desires of the broader membership and