Black Music Month originated in 1979. Jimmy Carter proclaimed the month of June as Black Music Month to celebrate the music, the achievements, births, important timelines, events and to remember those we lost.

1. Hattie McDaniel

1895: Hattie McDaniel was born this day. She was a professional singer-songwriter, comedian, stage actress, radio performer, and television star; she was the first black woman to sing on the radio in America. She is also the 1st African American to win an Academy Award. She passed away in 1952 of breast cancer. She was 57 years old. (Photo: AP)

2. Andrew Blakeney

1898: Jazz legend Andrew Blakeney was born. He was a fixture of the New Orleans jazz scene for decades and was still active almost up until the time of his death in 1992. He was 94 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)

3. Howlin’ Wolf

1910: Howlin’ Wolf was born on this day. He was an influential blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player. With a booming voice and looming physical presence, he is commonly ranked among the leading performers in electric blues. He passed away in 1976 at age 65. (Photo: YouTube)

4. The Cotton Club

1940: The famous jazz music night club, The Cotton Club, located in Harlem closed on this day. (Photo: Pinterest)

5. Shirley Alson Reeves

1941: Shirley Alston Reeves was born. She was the lead singer and founding member of The Shirelles. The Shirelles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. (Photo: YouTube)

6. The Bobbetts

1957: The Bobbettes’ immortal “Mr. Lee” (#6) was released today along with such doo-wop standards as “Happy Happy Birthday Baby” by the Tune Weavers and “Desiree” by the Charts. (Photo: YouTube)

7. Aretha Franklin

1967: “Respect” by Aretha Franklin was the Number One song. (Photo: YouTube)

8. Stevie Wonder

1967: “I Was Made To Love Her” by Stevie Wonder was released. (Photo: YouTube)

9. The Miracles

1967: The Miracles, Dionne Warwick and a host of other talent performed at the Fantasy-Fair and Magic Mountain Music Fest in Mount Tamalpais, CA. (Photo: Tumblr)

10. Joel Hailey

1971: Joel Hailey was born on this day. He is 1/2 the duo of K-Ci & JoJo and is an R&B singer, songwriter and producer. (Photo: Tumblr)

11. Chuck Berry

1972: Chuck Berry’s album The London Chuck Berry Sessions charted on its way to #8 pop, the most successful album of his career. (Photo: Tumblr)

12. Faith Evans

1973: Happy Birthday Faith Evans. She is a singer-songwriter, record producer, occasional actress and author. (Photo: Hello Beautiful)

13. LaMisha Grinstead

1973: Singer and founding member of 702, LaMisha Grinstead, was born. (Photo: YouTube)

14. George Benson

1978: George Benson’s remake of the Drifters’ 1963 hit, “On Broadway,” leveled off at #7 on the pop charts. (Photo: YouTube)

15. Micki Harris

1982:Original member of the Shirelles, Micki Harris, passed away on this day. She suffered a massive heart attack onstage while performing in Atlanta and doing what she loved. She was only 42 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)

16. 2 Live Crew

1990: A Florida State court declared ‘As Nasty As They Wanna Be’ by 2 Live Crew to be legally obscene. The ruling was later overturned by the Supreme Court. (Photo: Tumblr)

17. David Ruffin

1991: David Ruffin was laid to rest on this day. Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin sang at the burial and Michael Jackson paid for the funeral. (Photo: Tumblr)

18. James Brown

1991: The James Brown—Living in America live pay-per-view TV special aired. (Photo: Tumblr)

19. Diana Ross

1996: Diana Ross performed at Boston Symphony Hall for a benefit for the Anti-Defamation League. The diva raised $450,000. (Photo: AP)

20. DMX

1998: DMX was arrested in New York on charges of rape, sodomy and unlawful imprisonment. DMX denied the charges. (Photo: Tumblr)

21. Whitney Houston

1998: Whitney Houston presented Diana Ross with the Hitmaker Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s twenty-ninth annual awards show in New York City. (Photo: AP)

22. Ray Charles

2004:Award winning Legend Ray Charles died this day at age 73. He was a composer, musician, arranger, bandleader, singer, songwriter and covered every genre of music imaginable. (Photo: AP)

23. Huey Long

2009: Singer, jazz musician and member of the famed Ink Spots, Huey Long, passed away on this day at age 105. He was the last living member of the legendary group. (Photo: YouTube)