Black Music Month originated in 1979.  President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the month of June as Black Music Month to celebrate the music, the  achievements, births, important timelines, events and to remember those we lost.

1. Kanye West

1978: Kanye West was born. He is a recording artist, record producer, film director and fashion designer and a dad. (Photo: AP)

2. Sherman Garnes

1940: Sherman Garnes (right) was born. He was a member of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers and was the bass singer. He died in 1977 of a heart attack. (Photo: Tumblr)

3. Clarence ‘Fuzzy’ Haskins

1941: Clarence ‘Fuzzy’ Haskins was born. He is a former singer with 1950s and 1960s doo-wop group, The Parliaments. He is a founding member of the groundbreaking and influential 1970s funk bands Parliament and Funkadelic, also known as Parliament-Funkadelic. (Photo: YouTube)

4. Jesse Bolian

1941: Jesse Bolian was born. He was a founding member of the Artistics. The group was formed in 1958 at Marshall High School in Chicago. (Photo: YouTube)

5. Nat King Cole Trio

1946: The King Cole Trio featuring Nat King Cole charted with ‘Get Your Kicks on Route 66’ reaching #3 R&B and #11 pop. (Photo: YouTube)

6. Clyde McPhatter

1956: Clyde McPhatter made his last appearance with the Drifters at the Apollo Theater before going solo. (Photo: YouTube)

7. The Parliaments

1959: The Parliaments had their first single with ‘Lonely Island’ . . . Don’t remember? Not too many folks do. However, years later they would develop into one of the funkiest groups to storm a stage as Parliament/Funkadelic with George Clinton at the helm. (Photo: YouTube)

8. Doris Pearson of 5 Star

1966: British singer & songwriter Doris Pearson was born. She was a member of the group Five Star. (Photo: YouTube)

9. Tammi Terrell & Marvin Gaye

1968: ‘Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing’ by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell was the Number One song on this day. (Photo: AP)

10. Nicci Gilbert

1970: Singer & reality star Nicci Gilbert was born. She began her career as lead singer of Brownstone. (Photo: Nicci with R&B Divas: NewsOne)

11. Jimmy Rushing

1972: Blues singer Jimmy Rushing passed away of leukemia. He was affectionately known as ‘Mr. Five-by-Five’ and once said ‘Rich people don’t know nothing about the blues, please believe me.’ He believed that blues came only from having experienced poverty and sorrow first hand. (Photo: YouTube)

12. The Mary Jane Girls

1985: The Mary Jane Girls peaked at #7 pop and #3 R&B with the dance hit ‘In My House’ written and produced by Rick James. (Photo: YouTube)

13. Diana Ross

1991: Diana Ross proved she was more than just a pretty face and songstress when she filled in for a British disc jockey on BBC-Radio One in London for a week. (Photo: AP)

14. The Fugees

1996: The Fugees reached #1 in England with ‘Killing Me softly’ a remake of Roberta Flack’s hit from 1973. (Photo: YouTube)

15. Nellie Lutcher

2007: Nellie Lutcher passed away on this day at age 94.. She was a jazz vocalist who started out by playing piano for blues singer Ma Rainey at age 11 and later gained prominence as a singer in the ’40s and ’50s. (Photo: YouTube – during an appearance at the NBC Today Show in 1956)

16. Prince Kupi

2008: Prince Kupi was one of South Africa’s finest jazz guitarists whose debut album, Loxion (2002), won him the Standard Bank Young Artist Award at the 2003 South African Music Awards as the country’s best newcomer and talented musician alongside top artists Hugh Masekela and Judith Sephuma. Kupi was killed in a car accident that also took the life of his wife, stage actress Zandile Ngcobo (32), near Johannesburg, South Africa. He was 36 years old. (Photo: YouTube)