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. Gary U.S. Bonds

1939: Singer, songwriter and musician Gary U.S. Bonds was born in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo: Tumblr)

2. Levi Stubbs

1939: Singer Levi Stubbs (bottom right) was born. He was a founding member of the Four Tops. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and have sold over 50 million records worldwide. Mr. Stubbs passed away in 2008. (Photo: Tumblr)

3. The Platters

1956: ‘My Prayer’ by the Platters was released. It reached number one on both the R&B & Pop Charts. (Photo: YouTube)

4. Sam Cooke

1960: ‘Wonderful World’ by Sam Cooke charted and made its way to number 2 on the R&B charts. (Photo: AP)

5. Tony Williams

1960: Singer Tony Williams left the Platters to embark upon a solo career. (T. Williams pictured top left – Photo: Tumblr).

6. The Dixie Cups

1964: The Dixie Cups’ “Chapel Of Love” went to Number One. (Photo: YouTube)

7. The Moments

1970: The Number One song was ‘Love on a Two Way Street’ by The Moments. (Photo: YouTube)

8. Gladys Knight & the Pips

1971: Gladys Knight & the Pips performed on the last Ed Sullivan Show. It had a run of almost 23 years. (Photo: YouTube)

9. Barry White

1973: Barry White’s “I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby” was certified gold on this day. (Photo: AP)

10. Stevie Wonder

1977: Stevie Wonder appeared, sponsored by Billboard, as a guest music lecturer at a UCLA symposium, talking about his early Motown days and illustrating his points with performances. (Photo: AP)

11. Michael Jackson

1987: Under increasing pressure from the group to tone down his behavior, Michael Jackson officially severed ties with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. (Photo: AP)

12. Ben Vereen

1992: Award-Winning Singer, dancer & actor Ben Vereen was accidentally hit by a car driven by music producer David Foster in Malibu, California. The injuries seemed career-threatening, but the next year Vereen made a triumphal Broadway return in Jelly’s Last Jam. (Photo: AP)

13. Iman and David Bowie

1992: David Bowie and his new wife, model Iman, renewed their vows in Florence, Italy after some doubt arose as to the legality of their first ceremony in Switzerland.

14. Tina Turner

1993: The biopic ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’ based on Tina Turner’s life and her 1986 autobiography premiered.

15. Stevie Wonder

1994: Stevie Wonder performed at the 20th anniversary concert for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and then donated his harmonica to the Hard Rock Cafe in Washington, D.C. (Photo: AP)

16. Michael Jackson Trial

2005: A Los Angeles jury began deliberation in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial. A jury found him not guilty of child molesting, attempted child molesting, conspiracy and providing alcohol to minors. (Photo: AP)

17. Billy Preston

2006: Singer, songwriter, musician, producer and actor Billy Preston passed away. He was 59 years old. Stephen Stills once asked Preston if he could use Preston’s phrase “if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with” and created the hit song. (Photo: Tumblr)

18. Larry Leon Hamlin

2007: Larry Leon Hamlin, founder of the North Carolina Black Repertory Co. and the Nat’l Black Theater Festival, passed away at age 58. (Photo: YouTube)

19. Marvin Isley

2010: Marvin Isley, bass player who helped to give the R&B group the Isley Brothers their distinctive sound, passed away. He was 56. (Photo: AP)