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.

June 9: This Day in Black Music History  was originally published on

1. Skip James

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

Jelly Roll Morton

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

3. Tamela Mann

Tamela Mann

1966: Happy Birthday to singer and actress Tamela Mann