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

1. Clifton Chenier

Clifton Chenier

1925: Clifton Chenier, known as the King of Zydeco music, was born in Montgomery, AL. The accordion player (along with his Red hot Louisiana band) was considered an international ambassador of zydeco culture and received a Grammy for his album I’m Here in 1984. He passed away in 1987 at age 62. (Photo: Youtube)