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. Dewey Jackson
1900:Legendary jazz trumpeter and cornetist Dewey Jackson was born. He began playing at an early age and was a regular performer on riverboats and played four months at the Cotton Club in NYC. He passed away in 1994. (Photo: Youtube)
2. O.C. Smith
1932: R&B, soul & jazz singer O.C. Smith was born. His recording of “Little Green Apples” went to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968 and sold over one million records. He passed away in 2001 at age 69. (Photo: Youtube)
3. Mitty Collier
1941: Mitty Collier was born. She is a gospel singer, pastor and former R&B singer. She had several successful records in the ’60s. (Photo: Tumblr)
4. B.B. King
1964: B.B. King performed at Chicago’s Regal Theater. The live recording of that concert became the classic Live at the Regal album the following year. (Photo: Tumblr)
5. Eric Reed
1970: Jazz pianist and composer Eric Reed was born. He began playing piano at age two and is the founding member of the group Black Note.
6. Peter Rock
1970: Peter Phillips was born on this day. He is better known by his stage name Pete Rock and is a record producer, DJ and rapper. He rose to prominence in the early 1990s as one half of the critically acclaimed group Pete Rock & CL Smooth.
7. Billy Preston
1972: Billy Preston received a Gold Record for the instrumental hit ‘Outa-Space’ on this day.
8. The O’Jays
1975:’Give the People What They Want’ by the O’Jays was the Number One song on this day. (Photo: Youtube)
9. Jascha Washington
1989: Happy Birthday to actor actor Jascha Washington
10. Little Richard
1990: Little Richard received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. About this time he stated: “I believe my music is the healin’ music. I believe my music can make the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf and dumb hear and talk, because it inspires and uplifts people. It regenerates the heart, makes the liver quiver, the bladder splatter, and the knees freeze. I’m not conceited either.” (Photo: Tumblr)
11. Arthur Prysock
1997:Jazz, R&B and soul singer Arthur Prysock passed away on this day at age 73. (Photo: YouTube)
12. Tupac Shakur
1997: Tupac Shakur charted with the R&B song ‘Smile’ reaching #4 and #12 pop. (Photo: Tumblr)
13. Will Smith
1997: Actor and rapper Will Smith debuted on the R&B charts as a solo with “Men in Black” (M.I.B.) from the film, which he starred in. The record reached #9 on the airplay charts.
14. Bobby Brown
1998: Bobby Brown was arrested at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills on suspicion of misdemeanor sexual battery after a purported occurrence at his pool. (Photo: Tumblr)
15. John Lee Hooker
2001: Blues legend, singer, songwriter and guitarist John Lee Hooker passed away on this day at age 83. He He had performed on more than 100 albums in a career that covered more than half a century. He influenced artists including Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Bonnie Raitt, and Jimi Hendrix. (Photo: Tumblr)
16. Kelly Rowland
2009: ‘When Love Takes Over’ by Kelly Rowland & David Guetta was the Number One Song on this day.