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. Juneteenth

1865: Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, United States, are finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 41 other contiguous states as Juneteenth.

2. Joe Thomas

1909: Saxophonist Joe Thomas was born. As a boy he first learned to play hymns on his sax, it was the only music his parents approved of. He passed away in 1986. (Photo: YouTube)

3. Ernest Ranglin

1932: Ernest Ranglin was born. He is a Jamaican guitarist & composer who established his career while working as a session guitarist and music director for various Jamaican record labels. (Photo: YouTube)

4. Robert Johnson

1937: Blues great Robert Johnson had his second recording session, this time in a warehouse in Dallas, TX, recording such originals as “From Four Til’ Late” and “Stones In My Passway.” Johnson stated that his ability was based on the pact he made with the devil that was consummated on a Mississippi crossroads one night at midnight. He died at age 27. (Photo: Tumblr)

5. Al Wilson

1939: Singer Al Wilson was born this day. His song ‘Show and Tell’ was a million selling number one hit. He passed away in 2008 at age 68. (Photo: YouTube)

6. Paul Kelly

1940: Singer, songwriter, musician and producer Paul Kelly was born. He passed away in 2012 at age 72. (Photo: YouTube)

7. Dee Edwards

1945: Singer Dee Edwards was born. She passed away in 2006 at age 60. (Photo: YouTube)

8. Phylicia Rashad

1948: Happy Birthday to Phylicia Rahshad! She is an actress of film, television and theater.

9. Larry Dunn

1953: Larry Dunn was born. He is a keyboardist, musical director and one of the founding members of the music group Earth, Wind, & Fire. Dunn, along with other members of Earth, Wind & Fire were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. (Photo: YouTube)

10. The Scarlets

1954: The Scarlets “Dear One” was issued. They later became the nucleus of the Five Satins. (Photo: YouTube)

11. Billy Drummond, Jr.

1959: Jazz drummer Robert ‘Billy’ Drummond, Jr. was born. He has played in bands since he was eight. He also leads a New York-based band called Freedom of Ideas. In addition to touring he is currently Professor of Jazz Drums at the Julliard School of Music and NYU in New York. (Photo: YouTube)

12. Mark DeBarge

1959: Mark DeBarge was born. He is an R&B/soul singer-songwriter, trumpeter and flugelhorn player best known for his work as member of 1980s Motown singing family group DeBarge. (Photos: Tumblr/NewsOne)

13. The Chanters

1961: The Chanters’ “No, No, No” charted, reaching #41 pop, #9 R&B more than three years after its initial release and two years after the group broke up. (Photo: YouTube)

14. Paula Abdul

1962: Paula Abdul was born. She is a singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality. (Photo: NewsOne)

15. The Four Tops

1965: “I Can’t Help Myself” by the Four Tops was the Number One song on this day . (Photo: YouTube)

16. Darren Barrett

1967:Darren Barrett was born. He is a Boston-based jazz musician who won the 1997 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and teaches at Berklee College of Music. (Photo: YouTube)

17. The Isley Brothers

1971: The Isley Brothers’ “Love the One You’re With” charted, reaching #3 R&B (#18 pop). The cover of Stephen Stills’ recent hit was their first R&B Top 10 single in more than two years. (Photo: YouTube)

18. Zoe Saldana

1978: Happy Birthday to Zoe Saldana. She is an actress and dancer who got her start in the theater.

19. Donna Summer

1980: Donna Summer became the first act signed to former William Morris Agency mail room boy David Geffen and his Geffen Records. (Tumblr)

20. David Oliver

1982: R&B – Soul Singer David Oliver passed away on this day at age 40. (Photo: YouTube)

21. Ray Charles

1993: Though Ray Charles’s My World album was released. It gave Charles his sixth consecutive decade in which he had placed recordings on the charts. When his posthumous album Genius Loves Company charted in 2004, it gave Ray an unprecedented seven decades of hits.(Photo: Tumblr)