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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, achievements, births, important timelines, events and to remember those we lost.

June 3: This Day in Black Music History  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Dakota Staton

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)

2. Lyfe Jennings

Lyfe Jennings

1973:Happy Birthday to Lyfe Jennings

3. Nikki M. James

Nikki M. James

1981:Happy Birthday to Tony Award winning actress and singer Nikki M. James

4. Koko Taylor

Koko Taylor

2009:Grammy Award winning Blues singer Koko Taylor passed away. She was 80 years old.

5. Piano C. Red

Piano C. Red

2013:Chicago blues piano player Piano C. Red passed away, aged 79.