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. Virginia Liston

1932: Virginia Liston passed away at age 42 (causes unknown). She was a classic blues and jazz singer and spent most of her career in Black Vaudeville. (Photo: YouTube)

2. Harold Floyd ‘Tina’ Brooks

1932: Jazz Hard bop tenor saxophonist and composer Harold Floyd ‘Tina’ Brooks was born. Plagued by heroin dependency, and gradually deteriorating health, he died of liver failure in 1974. He was only 42. (Photo: YouTube)

3. Prince

1958: Grammy Award-winner Prince Roger Nelson was born. He was a Musician, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor. (Photo: PR Photos)

4. Esther Ridgeway

1959: Soul & disco singer Esther Ridgeway was born. She along with her sisters Gloria and Gracie made up the The Ridgeway Sisters. The sisters also had a cameo role in the film, “Blues Brothers 2000” which also starred Dan Aykroyd. Esther died of a heart attack in 2003 at the age of 43. (Photo: YouTube)

5. Meade Lux Lewis

1964: Pianist and composer Lux Lewis passed away. He was noted for his work in the boogie-woogie style. His best known work, “Honky Tonk Train Blues”, has been recorded by many artists. He was 59 years old. (Photo: YouTube)

6. Major Harris

1975: ‘Love Won’t Let Me Wait’ by Major Harris was the Number One Song. (Photo: Tumblr)

7. Chuck Berry

1979: Chuck Berry was sentenced to his second jail term for tax evasion. He got four months in California’s Lompoc prison. (Photo: AP)

8. Bob Marley

1980: Bob Marley and the Average White Band performed at the Summer of ’80 Garden Party at the Crystal Palace Concert Bowl in London. (Photo: NewsOne)

9. Chuck Berry

1993: Chuck Berry, Sam Phillips, Pete Townsend, and Billy Joel were among the rock immortals present at the groundbreaking ceremony for Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Photo: AP)

10. The Artist Formerly Known as Prince

1993: Prince who turned 35 on this day, changed his name to a symbol (that did not exist on a computer keyboard) so the press began calling him the Artist Formerly Known as Prince. (Photo: AP)

11. New Edition

1997: ‘One More Day’ by New Edition charted on this day. (Photo: AP)

12. Carol Denise Fredericks

2001: Carol Denise Fredericks passed away. She was one of the most celebrated African American singers in France. Her France home of ten year was graced with a commemorative plaque to become only the third African American to receive one from the city of Paris. Josephine Baker & Richard Wright are the other two recipients. (Photo: YouTube)

13. Rapper Lil Phat

2012: Up & coming Rapper Lil Phat (Melvin Vernell III) died after being fatally shot in a car parked in a parking deck next to a suburban Atlanta hospital. He was only 19 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)