June is Black Music Month

Thinking back to when Elvis became popular for singing “Hound Dog” that had actually been recorded by Big Mama Thornton probably when Elvis was in diapers.

Mixed American Life

Black MusicWhat Is Black Music Month?

Black Music Month began in 1979 when Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the idea to set aside a month dedicated to celebrating the impact of black music. Created by music business insiders, the group successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter to host a reception on June 7th, 1979 to formally recognize the cultural and financial contributions of black music. Since 1979, Black Music Month has grown from a commemoration to national proportions with extravaganza across the country.

In 2000, US-Representative Chaka Fattah sponsored House Resolution 509, which formally recognized the importance of Black music on culture and the economy during President Bill Clinton’s administration.

In 2009, President Barack Obama further defined June as African American Music Appreciation Month who declared the start of summer as a celebration for all the black “musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters [who] have made enormous contributions…

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Posted on 06/11/2014, in Potpourri, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

    • Wow. Thanks for this important history, Xena. Until now, I thought it was Elvis’ creation.

      So many Black artists never received the credit due them.

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  1. Big Mamma Thorton’s last performance in 1984. You might remember the song. Janis Joplin recorded it with Big Brother and the Holding Company.

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  2. Thank you for for those Big Mamma videos Xena!

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  3. I’ve never heard this before!!

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    • Mindyme62. That’s a wonderful thing about blogging. Glenn was on the case and it reminded me about Black artists behind the music that made others famous.

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  4. Back in England, Mick Jagger heard a song titled “Rolling Stone.” Here they are with Muddy Waters who recorded that song. Don’t miss Mick shaking his skinny booty. 🙂

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  5. Great videos!

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  6. Great videos! Thanks!

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  7. May you rest in peace, Ms. Ruby Dee.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bp8ehC7CYAApRZt.jpg:large

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      • Yahtzee this photo gives me chills! I was only 1 y/o when this picture was taken but I feel such a kinship with those who were there

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      • This is a moving photo for me also, Mindy.

        Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis were a strong force in the Civil Rights Movement and throughout their lives in the cause of justice, freedom and equality.

        Theirs is an amazing legacy which continues to inspire. I will always keep their example, words and inspiration in my heart.

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