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. Skip James

1902: Skip James was born. He was a Delta blues singer, guitarist, pianist and songwriter. He passed in 1969.

2. Jelly Roll Morton

1924: “Jelly-Roll Blues” was recorded by Jelly Roll Morton and his band. (Photo: YouTube)

3. Johnny Ace

1929: R&B singer Johnny Ace was born. He scored a string of hit singles in the mid-1950s before dying of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1954. He was 25 years old. (Photo: YouTube)

4. Jackie Wilson

1934: R&B, soul & pop singer Jackie Wilson was born. He was considered a master showman, one of the most dynamic and influential singers and performers in R&B and rock history. He died in 1984 at age 49 of a heart attack. (Photo: YouTube)

5. Jimmy Spruill

1934: New York based session guitarist James “Jimmy” Spruill was born. He was also known as Wild Jimmy Spruill whose guitar solos were featured on many R&B and pop hits of the 1950s and 1960s. He died of a heart attack in 1996. (Photo: YouTube)

6. Kenny Barron

1943: Jazz pianist Kenny Barron was born. He is known for his lyrical style of playing and has appeared on hundreds of recordings as both leader and sideman and is consequently considered one of the most important and influential mainstream jazz pianists since the bebop era. (Photo: YouTube)

7. The Five Satins

1956: ‘In the Still of the Night’ by the Five Satins was released. (Photo: YouTube)

8. Johnny Mathis

1958: Johnny Mathis Greatest Hits album reached Number One and remained there for 490 weeks (almost 10 years). (Photo: YouTube)

9. Little Eva

1962: ‘Locomotion’ by Little Eva (her first single) was released and reached Number One on the charts. (Photo: YouTube)

10. The Orlons

1962: ‘Wah-Watusi’ by the Orlons charted on the Hot 100 and rose to #2 on the Pop Charts. (Photo: YouTube)

11. Wayman Tisdale

1964: Wayman Tisdale was born. Former NBA star turned musician launched his music career in 1995. He released 8 albums. He was diagnosed with bone cancer (knee) in 2007 and passed away in 2009 at age 44.

12. Tamela Mann

1966: Happy Birthday to singer and actress Tamela Mann

13. Sister Sledge

1979: ‘We Are Family’ by Sister Sledge was the Number One Song this day. (Photo: YouTube)

14. Bell Biv DeVoe

1990: ‘Poison’ by Bell Biv DeVoe peaked at #3 on the Pop Charts. (Photo: YouTube)

15. MC Hammer

1990: ‘Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ’em’ by MC Hammer reached Number One on the Pop charts and stayed there for 21 weeks. (Photo: AP)

16. Clarence ‘Big’ Miller

1992: Blues singer & Jazz trombonist Clarence ‘Big’ Miller passed away on this day at age 69. (Photo: YouTube)

17. Arthur Alexander

1993: Country songwriter and soul Singer Arthur Alexander passed away. He wrote songs publicized by singers Tina Turner, Otis Redding, The Beatles and Elvis Presley. He died of a heart attack at age 53. (Photo: YouTube)

18. Dinah Washington Stamp

1993: The U.S. Postal Service debuted its Legends of American Music, Rock and Roll-Rhythm and Blues stamp collection. The set featured Dinah Washington, Otis Redding, Clyde McPhatter, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Elvis Presley. (Photo: AP)

19. Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes

1994: Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes got mad at her then boyfriend Andre Rison and set his $2 million mansion ablaze. She received five-years probation. (Photo: Tumblr)

20. Stevie Wonder

1998: Stevie Wonder performed in Modena, Italy at the Pavarotti & Friends Concert for his War Child Charity. (Photo: AP)

21. The Ronettes

1998: The Ronettes appeared in Supreme Court of NYC in their lawsuit vs. Phil Spector,, his record label and successor labels had not paid them royalties since 1963. (Photo: YouTube)

22. The Black Eyed Peas

2010: ‘The E.N.D.’ an album by The Black Eyed Peas was released. (Photo: Tumblr)

23. Abram Wilson

2012: Jazz trumpeter and composer Abram Wilson passed away on this day of cancer. He was 38 years old. (Photo: YouTube)