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Summer Songs and Extra Plays To June Born Stars
Plus We Celebrate Black Music In Our Mix Everyday!
AT GREATGOLD WE RECOGNIZE AND CELEBRATE the many contributions to, and influences on, all popular music that Black Music Artists have made throughout history. We especially recognize those contributions during Black Music Month, as we do everyday in our playlist, which always includes the Best of Black Music Artists. Our recognition continues 24/7/365. The music artists pictured are just some of the many black singers and musicians on our regular playlist.
To attest to the influence and contributions to society by Black Music Artists, many of the world’s prominent non-black musicians have paid tribute to their admiration of early music by Black Artists through borrowing from the songs and styles to become what they, themselves, are today. President Carter started the recognition of Black Music Month in 1979. Other presidents have followed that lead, since, including President Barack Obama in his declaration for African American Music Appreciation Month (popularly called Black Music Month).
Black Music Month gained national recognition in 1979 when music business leaders and insiders successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter to host a reception on June 7th, 1979 to formally recognize the cultural and economic contributions of music created by black music artists. Since 1979, Black Music Month has grown from a small commemoration to national proportions with events held annually across the country.
In 2009, President Barack Obama further defined June as African American Music Appreciation Month, declaring the start of summer as a celebration for all the black musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters who have made enormous contributions to our culture. Since then, President Obama has annually renewed the official declaration of what is popularly thought of as Black Music Month.
The 2016 Declaration by President Barack Obama, reads: “Songs by African-American musicians span the breadth of the human experience and resonate in every corner of our Nation — animating our bodies, stimulating our imaginations, and nourishing our souls. In the ways they transform real stories about real people into art, these artists speak to universal human emotion and the restlessness that stirs within us all. African-American music helps us imagine a better world, and it offers hope that we will get there together.”
JUNE ALSO BRINGS THE SUMMER MONTHS and our tradition of playing Summer Songs at least once every hour throughout the Summer Time begins anew this month at GREATGOLD, the Home of GreatGoldHits and ClassicHitOldies. In addition, we’re spotlighting singers who were born in the month of June, and bands with members who were born in June, by giving their songs Extra Plays.
SOME OF THE JUNE BORN STARS GETTING EXTRA PLAYS: TOM JONES; PAUL McCARTNEY; JACKIE WILSON; BRIAN WILLIS of Quarterflash; CARLY SIMON; PAT BOONE; CHARLIE WATTS and RON WOOD of the Rolling Stones; GRAHAM RUSSELL and RUSSELL HITCHCOCK of Air Supply; MICHELLE PHILLIPS of the Mamas and Papas; GARY U.S. BONDS; CHUCK NEGRON and JACK RYLAND of Three Dog Night; BOZ SCAGGS; LEN BARRY of the Dovells/solo; REG PRESLEY and CHRIS BRITTON of the Troggs; BRAD CARLSON/BEN E CARLOS of Cheap Trick;
DENNIS LOCORRIERE of Dr. Hook; ROD ARGENT and COLIN BLUNSTONE of the Zombies; BARRY MANILOW; PAULA ABDUL; BRIAN WILSON and BRUCE JOHNSTON of the Beach Boys; ANNE MURRAY; LIONEL RICHIE; CYNDI LAUPER; PETER ASHER and GORDON WELLER of Peter and Gordon; HOWARD KAYLAN of the Turtles; MICK FLEETWOOD of Fleetwood Mac; DEAN MARTIN; PRINCE; HAROLD MELVIN of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes; RUBY NASH of Ruby and The Romantics; JEAN KNIGHT; LES PAUL; JAMES SMITH of Stylistics; LEONARD LEE of Shirley and Lee;
WILLIAM GUEST of Gladys Knight and the Pips; ANTONE TAVARES of Tavares; TONY HADLEY of Spandau Ballet; MICHAEL MONARCH of Steppenwolf; MICHAEL ANTHONY and ALEX VAN HALEN of Van Halen; MICK HUCKNALL of Simply Red; CHESTER “Howlin’ Wolf” BURNETT; JOHN LORD of Deep Purple; JANET VOGEL of The Skyliners; SHIRLEY ALSTON REEVES of The Shirelles; BOBBY FREEMAN; ROBERT DONALDSON of Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods; MICHAEL “Sam” LUTZ of Brownsville Station; BILLY “Crash” CRADDOCK; TERRI GIBBS; EDWARD LEVERT of the O’Jays;
GREGG ROLIE of Santana/Journey; TOMMY de VITO of The Four Seasons; ANN WILSON of Heart; LARRY DUNN of Earth, Wind and Fire; CLARENCE HASKINS of Funkadelic; SHERMAN GARNES of Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers; JOEY DEE of Joey Dee and The Starliters; BARRY BAILEY and PAUL GODDARD of Atlanta Rhythm Section; MARK DEBARGE, EL DEBARGE and CHICO DEBARGE of Debarge; BOBBY SHEEHAN of Blues Traveler; PAUL YOUNG of Mike and The Mechanics; LITTLE EVA; DELORES BROOKS of the Crystals;
BILLY GUY and BOBBY NUNN of The Coasters; JOEY KRAMER of Aerosmith; RAY DAVIES of The Kinks; TODD RUNDGREN; ALAN OSMOND of The Osmonds; ROSETTA HIGHTOWER of The Orlons; CLINT WARWICK of Moody Blues; IAN McDONALD of Foreigner; BILLY DAVIS JR. of The 5th Dimension; JOHN ILLSEY of Dire Straits; LARRY TAYLOR of Canned Heat; IAN PAICE of Deep Purple; COLIN HAY of Men At Work; FLORENCE BALLARD of The Supremes;
GLENN SHORROCK of Little River Band; LINDA SCOTT; MIKE DENNIS of The Dovells; MICHAEL CLARK and CLARENCE WHITE of The Byrds; EDDIE HOLMAN; DENIECE WILLIAMS; SUZIE QUATRO; FREDDIE STONE of Sly and The Family Stone; LEVI STUBBS and RENALDO BENSON of Four Tops; HOWARD KANE of Jay and The Americans; NANCY SINATRA; MICHAEL CARTELLONE of Lynyrd Skynyrd; JEROME SMITH of KC and the Sunshine Band; TOMMY HUNT of The Flamingos; BONNIE TYLER; and DON HENLEY of the Eagles and a solo career.