1997: Legendary jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader Doc Cheatham passed away. He agreed with the masses who assessed that he was probably the only jazz musician to create his best work after the age of 70. He was 91 years old.
Black Music Month originated in 1979. President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the month of June as Black Music Month to celebrate the wonderful music, achievements, births, important timelines, events and to remember those we lost.