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. Junior Walker

1931: Junior Walker of Junior Walker & the All Stars was born. The group was signed to the Motown label in the 1960s, and became one of the label’s signature acts. He passed away in 1995 after a battle with cancer. He was 64 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)

2. Obie Benson

1936: R&B, Soul singer and songwriter Obie Benson was born. He was the bass singer of the Motown group the Four Tops. He joined the group in 1953 and continued to perform with for over five decades. He co-wrote ‘What’s Going On’ for Marvin Gaye’s 1971 hit which Rolling Stone rated as #4 on their List of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time released in 2004. He passed away in 2005. (Photo: Pinterest)

3. Ethel Waters

1939: The Ethel Waters Show, a variety special aired on NBC on this day. Ms. Ethel Waters was a blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. (Photo: Tumblr)

4. Garland Green

1942: Soul singer, songwriter & pianist Garland Green was born this day. His first song ‘Jealous Kind of Fella’ charted in 1969 and reached #2 on the Cashbox soul chart. (Photo: YouTube)

5. Brenda Payton

1946: R&B singer Brenda Payton of the Tabulations was born. She passed away in 1992. (Photo: YouTube)

6. Fats Domino

1958: Fats Domino, “I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday” was the number one song. (Photo: Tumblr)

7. Marcus Miller

1959: Jazz composer, producer, bass guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Marcus Miller was born. (Photo: YouTube)

8. The Cleftones

1961: The Cleftones performed their new hit ‘Heart & Soul’ on American Bandstand. (Photo: YouTube)

9. MC Ren

1969: Lorenzo Jerald Patterson was born. Better known by his stage name MC Ren, is a rapper who formed part of the group N.W.A. (Photo: YouTube)

10. Wynonie Harris

1969: Wynonie Harris passed away on this day. He was a blues shouter and rhythm and blues singer of upbeat songs, featuring humorous, often ribald lyrics. With fifteen Top 10 hits between 1946 and 1952, Harris is generally considered one of rock and roll’s forerunners and influenced many on their way up the chart. He was 53 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)

11. Eban Brown

1972: Grammy award winning Singer, songwriter and guitarist Eban Brown was born on this day. (Photo: YouTube)

12. Gwen McCrae

1975:’Rockin’ Chair’ by Gwen McCrea was the Number One song on this day. (Photo: Tumblr)

13. Diana Ross

1976:An Evening with Diana Ross began its performance tour at the Palace Theater in New York City.

14. Irene Cara

1980:Singer, dancer, actress & pianist Irene Cara’s song ‘Fame’ from the film ‘Fame) vaulted onto the Top 100, eventually reaching Number 4. (Photo: Tumblr)

15. Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald

1986:’On My Own’ a duet by Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald topped the pop charts this day. (Photo: YouTube)

16. Chuck Berry

1988: Chuck Berry is sued for five million dollars by a woman who claimed he punched her in the mouth during an argument. (Photo: Tumblr)

17. B.B. King

1998:B.B. King was honored as the official Ambassador of Music to represent America at the World Expo ’98 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo: YouTube)

18. Junjo Lawes

1999:Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes died after being fatally shot on this day in another senseless killing. He was a highly influential Jamaican record producer. He was 39 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)

19. Paul Griffin

2000: Sessions Musician Paul Griffin passed away. He recorded with hundreds of artists from the late 1950s to the 1990s. He was 62 years old. (Photo: YouTube)

20. Roland Alexander

2006:Roland Alexander passed away. He was a post-bop jazz musician and played tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, and piano. He was 70 years old. (Photo: YouTube)