Black Music Month originated in 1979. President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the month of June as Black Music Month to celebrate the wonderful music, achievements, births, important timelines, events and to remember those we lost.
1. Roland Hayes
1887: Lyric tenor Roland Hayes was born. He is considered the first African American concert artist to receive wide acclaim both at home and internationally. Hayes continued to perform until age 85. He passed away in 1977 at age 90. (Photo: YouTube)
2. Memphis Minnie
1897: Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Memphis Minnie was born on this day in Algiers, LA. Her performances and songwriting made her well known in a genre dominated mostly by men. She passed away in 1973 at age 76. (Photo:Youtube)
3. Josephine Baker
1906: Josephine Baker was born. She was an American-born French dancer, singer and actress who took Europe by storm in the 1920s when she sashayed onto a Paris stage with a comic yet sensual appeal and was an instant success for her erotic dancing and for appearing practically nude on stage. She was dubbed “Bronze Venus”, the “Black Pearl”, and the “Créole Goddess”.
4. Dakota Staton
1930: Jazz great Dakota Staton was born. She found international acclaim with the 1957 No. 4 hit, “The Late, Late Show”. She passed away in 2007 at age 76. (Photo: Tumblr)
5. Curtis Mayfield
1942: Award winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer Curtis Mayfield was born. He is a winner of both the Grammy Legend Award (in 1994) and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (in 1995), and he was a double inductee into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted as a member of The Impressions into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, and again in 1999 as a solo artist. He is also a two-time Grammy Hall of Fame inductee. He passed away in 1999 at age 57. (Photo: Tumblr)
6. Eddie Holman
1946: Singer and recording artist Eddie Holman was born on this day. He is best known for his 1970 hit song “Hey There Lonely Girl”. (Photo: Tumblr)
7. Deniece Williams
1951: Grammy award winning singer, songwriter and record producer Deniece Williams was born. (Photo: AP)
8. The Coasters
1957: The Number One song was ‘Young Blood’ by the Coasters. (Photo: Youtube)
9. The Isley Brothers
1957: The Isley Brothers’ first single ‘The Angels Cried’ was released. (Photo: YouTube)
10. Aretha Franklin
1967: ‘Respect’ by Aretha Franklin topped the pop charts for two weeks and the R&B charts for eight weeks giving Aretha her second million seller. (Photo: AP)
11. The Jimi Hendrix Experience
1967:The Jimi Hendrix Experience reached the British Top 10 for the third time in a row with ‘The Wind Cries Mary’. (Photo: YouTube)
12. The Fifth Dimension
1967: The Fifth Dimension charted with ‘Up, Up and Away’ which went on to become their first million seller. (Photo: YouTube)
13. The Staple Singers
1972: ‘I’ll Take You There’ by the Staple Singers reached number one on the R&B charts on this day. (Photo: YouTube)
14. Lyfe Jennings
1973:Happy Birthday to Lyfe Jennings who turns 41 today.
15. Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams
1978:’Too Much, Too Little, Too Late’ by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams hit Number one on the charts. (Photo: YouTube)
16. Nikki M. James
1981:Happy Birthday to Tony Award winning actress and singer Nikki M. James who turns 33 today.
17. Michael Jackson
1990: Michael Jackson was admitted to St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica with chest pains. It was later diagnosed as a ribcage disorder. (Photo: AP)
18. Koko Taylor
2009:Grammy Award winning Blues singer Koko Taylor passed away. She was 80 years old.
19. The Black Eyed Peas
2010: The Black Eyed Peas album “The E.N.D.” (short for The Energy Never Dies) was released in Japan.
20. Piano C. Red
2013:Chicago blues piano player Piano C. Red passed away, aged 79.