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. Tony Jackson

1876: Jazz pianist, singer and composer Tony Jackson was born. He began playing the piano at age 10 and had his first musical job was at age 13 and the rest they say is history. In 2011, The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame announced that Jackson would be inducted into the hall in a ceremony to honor Jackson for his musical contributions and for living “as an openly gay man when that was rare.” He passed away in 1921.(Photo: Tumblr)

2. Floyd Butler

1937: Floyd Butler, singer and co-founder of the group Friends of Distinction was born. He passed away in 1990. (Photo: Tumblr)

3. Ronnie Dyson

1950: Singer and actor Ronnie Dyson was born. When he was 18, he won lead part in the Broadway production of Hair, debuting in New York in 1968. It is his voice leading off the song and opening the show with the famous lyric “When the Moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars…” He passed away in 1990 of a heart attack. He was 40 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)

4. Michael Winans

1957: Michael Winans was born on this day. He is a gospel singer and part of a huge gospel family. (Photo: YouTube)

5. Johnny Mathis

1958: Johnny Mathis’ album ‘Johnny’s Greatest Hits’ charted at Number One. (Photo: YouTube)

6. The Chiffons

1964: The Chiffons went on tour as the opening act for The Rolling Stones. (Photo: YouTube)

7. Brian McKnight

1969: Brian McKnight was born. He is a singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and R&B musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays eight instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet.

8. The Honey Cones

1971: The Number One song was ‘Want Ads’ by the Honey Cone, an R&B and soul all-girl vocal group. (Photo: YouTube)

9. Sly Stone & Kathy Silva

1974: Sly Stone married his first wife, Kathy Silva, onstage before his show at Madison Square Garden. Bishop Stewart, the singer’s uncle, officiated before the crowd of 19,000; Silva files for divorce five months later. (Photo: Tumblr)

10. Sleepy John Estes

1977: Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Sleepy John Estes passed this day. He was 79 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)

11. Muddy Waters

1979: Muddy Waters, 64, married his third wife, 25-year-old Marva Jean Brooks, in Chicago with Eric Clapton as best man.

12. The Temptations

1982: The Temptations’ reunion album charted at #37 and included all of 1964’s original members. (Photo: AP)

13. Fats Domino

1986: The cable-TV music special Fats Domino and Friends, featuring friends Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis, aired on HBO. (Photo: Tumblr)

14. Ben E. King

1987: The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala is held for the fifth time at Wembley Arena in London. The annual charity event features the music of Ben E. King, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Phil Collins and Dave Edmunds. (Photo: Tumblr)

15. Sly Stone

1987: Sly Stone surrendered to authorities in Fort Meyers, FL for violating his probation (for cocaine possession). (Photo: Tumblr)

16. Mariah Carey

1993: Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola got married on this day. They divorced in 1997. (Photo: Tumblr)

17. Richie Havens

1993: Richie Havens performed at the UCLA Folk Festival. (Photo: Tumblr)

18. Donna Summer

1994: Donna Summer performed with the Nashville Symphony at the Town’s Summer Lights Arts Festival. (Photo: AP)

19. Ernie Wilkins

1999: Jazz saxophonist, arranger and composer Erie Wilkins passed away. He was 80 years old. (Photo: YouTube)

20. Ola Hudson

2009: Ola Hudson was the mother of guitarist Slash (real name Saul Hudson). She tailored beautiful outfits for Diana Ross, the Pointer Sisters, David Bowie, John Lennon to name a few. She died of cancer, aged 62.