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Black Music Month originated in 1979. 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 24: This Day in Black Music History  was originally published on

1. Fred Anderson

Fred Anderson

2010: Saxophonist Fred Anderson passed away, aged 81. He opened the Velvet Lounge in Chicago in 1982 which is known as one of the cradles of contemporary jazz.