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. Gene Sedric

1907: Gene Sedric nicknamed ‘Honey Bear’ was Jazz musician born this day. He passed away in 1963. (Photo: Youtube)

2. James Weldon Johnson

1871: James Weldon Johnson was born on this day. He was a songwriter, poet, journalist, critic & writer as well as the co-author of ‘Lift Every Voice & Sing’ He passed away in 1938 at age 67. (Photo: Youtube)

3. Chuck Rainey

1940: Bass guitarist Chuck Rainey was born this day. He has played for many well-known musicians and acts. (Photo: Youtube)

4. Little Richard

1957 “Jenny Jenny” by Little Richard charted, reaching #14 pop and #2 R&B. It was Richard’s eleventh Top 10 R&B single in less than a year and a half. (Photo: Youtube)

5. The Del Vikings

1957 One of the first integrated vocal groups in rock ‘n’roll, the Del-Vikings doo-wop classic “Whispering Bells” was released and reached #9 Pop and #5 R&B. The same day Atlantic Records signed the teen sextet the Bobbettes, whose “Mr. Lee” was released a week before, and the Moonglows’ “Please Send Me Someone to Love” was issued. (Photo: Youtube)

6. The Coasters

1957: ‘Searchin’ by the Coasters was the Number One song on this day. (Photo: Youtube)

7. Chuck Berry

1965: Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters performed at the first New York Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York. (Photo: Tumblr)

8. Otis Redding

1967: Otis Redding, backed by Booker T. and the M.G.’s performed at the Monterey International Pop Festival in Monterey, CA. He followed Jefferson Airplane as the evening’s closing act. (Photo: Tumblr)

9. Kevin Thornton

1969: Color Me Bad, Kevin Thornton was born. (Photo: Tumblr)

10. Krayzie Bone

1974:Rapper & member of Bone Thugs ‘n’ Harmony, Krayzie Bone, was born. (Photo: YouTube)

11. Al Green

1978: Al Green won the Tokyo Music Festival’s Grand Prize (along with $14,000) for his passionate performance of the song “Belle,” a record that only reached #83 on the pop charts in the states.(Photo: Tumblr)

12. The Commodores

1978: The Commodores charted with “Three Times a Lady” on its way to #1 both pop and R&B. The Lionel Ritchie song was inspired by his parents’ romantic longevity and their thirty-seventh wedding anniversary. The group credits their name to flipping open a dictionary and William King pointing his finger somewhere on the page. (Photo: Tumblr)

13. Kendrick Lamar

1987: Happy Birthday to Hip Hop superstar Kendrick Lamar

14. The Jackson Five

1994: The Jackson Five’s first single, “Big Boy,” originally released in 1968 on Steeltown Records, was reissued by the owner of Steeltown, who had misplaced the masters for more than twenty-six years. He eventually found them in his pantry. (Photo: Tumblr)

15. Janet & Michael

1995: Michael and Janet Jackson’s duet on “Scream” reached #5 in its debut week on the pop charts, the highest debut of any single up to that time. A week earlier the single had reached #3 in England in its first week on the charts. (Photo: Tumblr)

16. Ronald Winans

2005:Ronald Winans passed away on this day. He was a member of the Award Winning Gospel Family, The Winans. (Photo: YouTube)