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

1. Oliver Nelson

Oliver Nelson

1932: Jazz Saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger and composer Oliver Nelson was born. He died in 1975 of a heart attack. He was 43 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)

2. Keith David

Keith David

1956: Happy Birthday to singer, actor, voice artist & comedian Keith David