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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.

June 6: This Day in Black Music History  was originally published on

1. Gary U.S. Bonds

Gary U.S. Bonds

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