Black Music Month originated in 1979.  President 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. Oliver Nelson

1932: Jazz Saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger and composer Oliver Nelson was born. He died in 1975 of a heart attack. He was 43 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)

2. Britt Woodman

1920: Jazz Trombonist Britt Woodman was born. He worked often with Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus. He and Mingus were childhood friends. He passed away in 2000. (Photo: YouTube)

3. Band leader Tommy Ladnier & his Orchestra

1939: Legendary jazz trumpeter Tommy Ladnier passed away on this day. He died of a heart attack in New York City at the age of 39. (Photo: YouTube)

4. Anthony Braxton

1945: Anthony Braxton was born this day. He is a composer, saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist, pianist, and philosopher and has released well over 100 albums since the 1960s. (Photo: Tumblr)

5. Leroy Hudson

1945: Leroy Hudson was born. He is a soul and R&B singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and instrumentalist, best known as former lead singer of famed R&B vocal group The Impressions. (Photo: Tumblr)

6. The Miracles

1955: The Miracles recorded their first single ‘I Wanted You’ at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. (Photo: Tumblr)

7. El DeBarge

1961: Happy Birthday to El Debarge. He is a Singer-songwriter, music arranger, music composer, record producer and instrumentalist.

8. James Brown

1966: ‘It’s a Man’s World’ by James Brown was the Number One song.

9. Al B. Sure

1968: Al B. Sure (Albert Joseph Brown III) was born. He is a singer, songwriter, and record producer. (Photo: Tumblr)

10. Chuck Berry

1979: President Jimmy Carter asked Chuck Berry to give a concert at the White House for the First Family and guests.

11. Donna Summer

1983:’She Works Hard for Her Money’ by Donna Summer entered the charts.

12. Tracy Chapman

1988:’Fast Cars’ by Tracy Chapman cruised onto the Top 10 Chart.

13. Latasha Rogers aka MC Trouble

1991:Latasha Rogers aka MC Trouble, the first female rapper signed to Motown died in her sleep after suffering an epileptic seizure brought on by complications from a brain tumor, which resulted in heart failure. She was only 20 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)

14. Dionne Warwick

1992:Dionne Warwick sang at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. (Photo: Tumblr)

15. Seal

1994:Seal’s second album reached number one in England.

16. Ray Charles

1998: Ray Charles reunites with his legendary touring band in Chicago to perform in celebration of his 50th year in show business.

17. Hattie Littles

2000:Gospel, soul and R&B Singer Hattie Littles passed away on this day. She was 63 years old. (Photo: YouTube)

18. Herb Reed

2012: Herb Reed, the last surviving original founding member of the Platters died this day of chronic pulmonary disease. He was 83.

19. Stevie Wonder

2012: Stevie Wonder performed at Buckingham Palace celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.