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. Clifton Chenier
1925: Clifton Chenier, known as the King of Zydeco music, was born in Montgomery, AL. The accordion player (along with his Red hot Louisiana band) was considered an international ambassador of zydeco culture and received a Grammy for his album I’m Here in 1984. He passed away in 1987 at age 62. (Photo: Youtube)
2. Eddie Floyd
1937: Eddie Lee Floyd was born. He is a soul/R&B singer & songwriter. The song ‘Knock on Wood’ launched his solo career. (Photo: Youtube)
3. Harold Melvin
1939: Harold Melvin was born. Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were a singing group, one of the most popular Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. The group’s repertoire included soul, R&B, doo-wop, and disco. (Photo: Youtube)
4. Joe Chambers
1942: Joe Chambers was born. He is a jazz drummer, pianist, vibraphonist and composer. (Photo: Youtube)
5. Don Varner
1943: R&B,Soul singer and songwriter Don Wilson Varner was born on this day. He passed away in 2002.(Photo: Youtube)
6. Harry Womack
1945: Harris “Harry” Womack was born. He was a singer, musician and most notable for his tenure as a member of the family R&B quintet, The Valentinos. He was stabbed to death by his girlfriend in 1974. He was 29 years old. ‘Harry Hippie’ was a song written by Jim Ford for Bobby as a dedication to his brother. (Photo: Youtube)
7. Louis Jordan
1949: Louis Jordan, the King of the Jukebox, charted with “Every Man to His Own Profession,” reaching #10 R&B. It was the forty-seventh of fifty-seven hits he would have through 1951. He ranks as the #1 R&B artist of the ’40s. (Photo: Youtube)
8. Bo Diddley
1955: “Bo Diddley” by Bo Diddley was the Number One R&B song on this day.(Photo: Youtube)
9. The Nutmegs
1955: The Nutmegs, the Ravens, and the Cardinals joined Bill Hailey & the Comets in concert at the Philadelphia Arena.(Photo: Youtube)
10. Etta James
1961: Etta James, The Shirelles, Gene McDaniels, the Flairs, Tony Williams (of the Platters), Clarence “Frogman” Henry, and B.B. King performed in Alan Freed’s Spectacular at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl along with Brenda Lee, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Diamonds, among others. A front-row seat set you back $4.00. Wow, those were the good ole’ days. (Photo: Tumblr)
11. Booker T & the MG’s
1969: ‘Time Is Tight’ by Booker T and the MG’s charted at Number 4 on this day. (Photo: Youtube)
12. The Edwin Hawkins Singers
1969: ‘Oh Happy Day’ by the Edwin Hawkins Singers charted at Number 2 on this day. (Photo: Youtube)
13. The Jackson’s
1977: The Jacksons were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Show You The Way To Go.’ (Photo: Tumblr)
14. Jimmy Soul
1988: Singer Jimmy Soul passed away on this day of a heart attack. His hit ‘If You Wanna be Happy’ sold over one million records and earned him a gold disc. He was 45 years old.
15. The Turbans
1998: Singer Andrew Jones passed away on this day. He was an original member of the doo-wop group The Turbans who formed in Philadelphia in 1953.
16. Vic Taylor
2003: Jamaican singer Vic Taylor passed away on this day at age 56. He was a one time member of both groups the Skatalites and Byron Lee & the Dragonaires.
17. Michael Jackson
2009: Michael Jackson died on this day in Los Angeles, CA, at the age of 50. From the age of a nine-year-old with the Jackson 5, through the decades as the King of Pop, Michael made an impact as a singing, dancing and song-writing genius in the world of entertainment, endearing him to millions around the world. This photo shows a young, happy, shy kid that we all fell in love with. Rest in Peace, Michael. (Photo: Tumblr)
18. Marvin Gaye: Let’s Get It On!
2012: Billboard.com named the top ten ‘Sexiest Songs of All Time: Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ and Donna Summer’s ‘Hot Stuff’ made the list.