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 5: This Day in Black Music History  was originally published on

1. Tony Jackson

Tony Jackson

1876: Jazz pianist, singer and composer Tony Jackson was born. He began playing the piano at age 10 and had his first musical job was at age 13 and the rest they say is history. In 2011, The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame announced that Jackson would be inducted into the hall in a ceremony to honor Jackson for his musical contributions and for living “as an openly gay man when that was rare.” He passed away in 1921.(Photo: Tumblr)

2. Pete Wentz

Pete Wentz

1979: Happy Birthday to musician, songwriter and record producer Pete Wentz

3. Ola Hudson

Ola Hudson

2009: Ola Hudson was the mother of guitarist Slash (real name Saul Hudson). She tailored beautiful outfits for Diana Ross, the Pointer Sisters, David Bowie, John Lennon to name a few. She died of cancer, aged 62.

4. Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

2013: Mariah Carey performed her hit Beautiful with Miguel at Hot 97’s Summer XX Jam.