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. Eric Dolphy

1928:Eric Dolphy was born. He was a jazz alto saxophonist, flautist, and bass clarinetist. He also played the clarinet, piccolo, and baritone saxophone and was one of several multi-instrumentalists to gain prominence in the 1960s. He passed away in 1964 at age 36. He fell ill while on stage and was taken to a hospital in Berlin. After being given a shot of insulin, he lapsed into a coma and died. (Photo: YouTube)

2. Lazy Lester

1933:Leslie Johnson better known as Lazy Lester was born. He is a musician, who sings, and plays the harmonica and guitar. His career spans the 1950s to the 2010s. (Photo: YouTube)

3. Buddy Guy

1936:Singer Billy Guy was born on this day. He was an original member of the Coasters and sang lead on several songs. He passed away in 2002. (Photo: YouTube)

4. Emanuel Laskey

1945:Northern Soul legend and star of 60’s Detroit, Emanuel Laskey was born. He passed away in 2006 after a battle with cancer at age 62. (Photo: YouTube)

5. Andre Watts

1946:Andre Watts was born. He was the first African American concert pianist to achieve intertainal superstardom. 1973, he was selected as Musical America’s Musician of the Month. Other honors and awards include honors from Albright College and Yale University, the Order of Zaire, and a University of the Arts Medal from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. (Photo: YouTube)

6. LaLa Brooks

1947:Dolores ‘LaLa’ Brooks was born. She was the lead singer of the group The Crystals . . . remember the song. . . ‘Then He Kissed Me’ (Photo: YouTube)

7. Lionel Richie

1949:Lionel Richie was born. He is a singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actor.

8. The Five Willows

1953: Beautiful R&B ballads were the norm in the early ’50s and are now sought-after collector’s items like the Five Willows’ “My Dear Dearest darling” ($300), which was released today. Billboard “Buys of the Week” included “If I Can’t Have You,” the Flamingos’ debut 45 ($2,000), and the Crickets’ “For You I Have Eyes” ($200). (Photo: YouTube)

9. Harry Belafonte

1960:Singer, dancer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte won an Emmy for his variety special ‘Tonight with Harry Belafonte’ becoming the first African American to do so. (Photo: Tumblr)

10. Solomon Burke

1964: Solomon Burke, James Brown, Otis Redding, Joe Tex, and Garnett Mimms performed at the Summer Shower of Stars tour at the Donnelly Theater, Boston, MA. (Photo: Tumblr)

11. Little Richard

1973: Little Richard performed on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand TV show on this day. (Photo: YouTube)

12. Bruce Tate

1973:Bruce Tate, an original member of the Penguins, passed away. “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine),”one of the best-selling, most beloved oldies of all time sang by the group. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004. (Photo: YouTube)

13. Ray Charles & the Blues Brothers

1979: The Blues Brothers film opened throughout America. some the movie’s highlights included Ray Charles and the Blues Brothers’ rockin’ “Shake A Tail Feather”; Aretha Franklin’s portrayal of a crusty waitress, singing her 1968 hit, “Think”; James Brown’s performance as a hypnotic dancing and singing preacher; and John Lee Hooker’s rough and raw version of “Boom Boom.” (Photo: Youtube)

14. Tika Sumpter

1980: Happy Birthday to actress Tika Sumpter

15. Tina Turner

1986 : Tina Turner performed in the Prince’s Trust concert in London along with Elton John and Eric Clapton. (Photo: YouTube)

16. Bell Biv Devoe

1991: Bell Biv Devoe performed on James Brown’s Living in America live cable special. (Photo: YouTube)

17. Aretha Franklin

1994: Aretha Franklin performed at the White House in Washington, DC, for President and Mrs. Clinton. (Photo: YouTube)

18. Lawrence Payton

1997: Lawrence Payton passed away on this day at age 59. He was a singer, songwriter, vocal arranger and record producer and a member of the group The Four Tops. (Photo: YouTube)

19. The Ronettes

2000:The Ronettes were award $2.6 million in back earnings from Phil Spector after New York Judge Paula Omansky ruled the the legendary producer had cheated them out of royalties. (Photo: YouTube)

20. Lioinel Richie

2003: Lionel Richie got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Great Birthday present! (Photo: Tumblr)