Black Music Month originated in 1979. Jimmy Carter proclaimed the month of June as Black Music Month to celebrate the wonderful music, the achievements, births, important timelines, events and to remember those we lost.
1. Garland Wilson
1909: Jazz & Blues pianist Garland Wilson was born. He worked frequently with Nina Mae McKinney and was a boogie-woogie and stride pianist. He passed away in 1954.(Photo: YouTube)
2. Richard M. Jones
1889: Richard M. Jones was born. He was was a jazz pianist, composer, band leader, and record producer. He passed away in 1945. (Photo: YouTube)
3. Doc Cheatham
1905: Jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader Doc Cheatham was born this day. He passed away in 1997 at age 91. (Photo: YouTube)
4. Wild Bill Moore
1918: R&B & Jazz tenor saxophonist Wild Bill Moore was born this day. He passed away in 1983.(Photo: YouTube)
5. Buddy Catlett
1933: Jazz bassist Buddy Catlett was born. The incredibly solid bassist has been going strong since the late ’50s, appearing on more than 100 jazz recordings. He is also a multi-instrumentalist stemming from his studies as a child on clarinet and saxophone, talents he kept up throughout his career.(Photo: YouTube)
6. Tempo Toppers
1953: ‘Ain’t That Good News’ by the Tempo Toppers was released. The group’s lead singer was a new vocalist named Little Richard. (Photo: YouTube)
7. Clyde McPhatter
1960: Clyde McPhatter signed with Mercury Records. (Photo: YouTube)
8. Percy Sledge
1969: The largest soul music festival to date was held ‘the Soul Bowl’69’ in the Houston Astrodome. Percy Sledge, Sam & Dave, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, the Staple Singers, Rev. James Cleveland, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, Clara Ward and more performed. (Photo: YouTube)
9. The Three Degrees
1970:’Maybe’ debut song by The Three Degrees’ and it reached number 4 on the R&B Chart. (Photo: YouTube)
10. Clyde McPhatter
1972:Clyde McPhatter passed away on this day. He died in his sleep at the age of 39 from complications of heart, liver, and kidney disease. (Photo: YouTube)
11. Gary U.S. Bonds
1981: ‘This Little Girl’ by Gary U.S. Bonds charted. It had been almost twenty years since he had a record chart.
1985: De’Mario Monte Thornton aka Raz-B was born. He is a singer and actor who was most notably a member of the early 2000’s rap group B2K– boys of the new millennium.
13. The Whispers
1987:’Rock Steady’ by the Whispers was the Number One song.
14. Janet Jackson & Luther Vandross
1992: Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson’s duet ‘The Best Things in Life Are Free’ peaked at #10 pop and became Janet’s seventh #1 R&B. (Photo: YouTube)
15. Rapper Lil Snupe
1995:Rising young rapper Adarren Ross better known by his pseudonym “Lil Snupe” was born this day. He was a Louisiana native, dubbed “Freestyle King,” and had a promising future. Meek Mill was awed with his demo tape and signed him to his label. He was fatally shot in 2013, aged 18.
16. Destiny’s Child
2005: Destiny’s Child announced that the group was breaking up. The trio had reportedly sold more than 40 million records since their debut in 1997. (Photo: Tumblr)
17. Michael Jackson
2005: Michael Jackson was acquitted of ten counts of child molestation and conspiracy in Santa Barbara, CA in one of the most highly-publicized trails since the O.J. Simpson murder trial. The jury began deliberations on June 6th. (Photo: AP)