Black Music Month 2024

Q92.9 FM and the PA Lottery are celebrating black musical artists all June long with Black Music Month! Look below to see some of the highlighted artists, and listen all month long to hear some of your favorites!

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George Benson
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Top Albums: Breezin’, Give Me the Night
Top Hits: This Masquerade, Give Me the Night
Awards: 10 Grammy Awards

The O’Jays
Hometown: Canton, OH
Lead Players: Eddie Levert, William Powell, Walter Williams
Top Albums: Back Stabbers, Family Reunion
Top Hits: Back Stabbers, Love Train, For the Love of Money
Awards: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Teddy Pendergrass
Hometown: Kingstree, SC
Groups: Lead singer for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
Top Albums: Teddy Pendergrass, TP
Top Hits: If You Don’t Know Me By Now, Love TKO

Patti Labelle
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Groups: Labelle
Top Albums: Patti Labelle, Gems
Top Hits: Lady Marmalade, New Attitude
Awards: 2 Grammy Awards

Ohio Players
Hometown: Dayton, OH
Lead Players: Leroy Bonner, William Beck, Marshall Jones
Top Albums: Fire, Honey
Top Hits: Fire, Love Rollercoaster

Rick James
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Groups: The Mynah Birds
Top Albums: Come Get It, Street Songs
Top Hits: Give It To Me Baby, Super Freak
Awards: 1 Grammy Award

Dazz Band
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Lead Players: Bobby Harris, Sennie Martin
Top Albums: Keep It Live, Joystick
Top Hits: Let It Whip, Joystick
Awards: 1 Grammy Award

Marvin Gaye
Hometown: Washington, DC
Top Albums: What’s Going On, Let’s Get It On
Top Hits: What’s Going On, Sexual Healing
Awards: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Mary J Blige
Hometown: New York, NY
Top Albums: What’s the 411, No More Drama
Top Hits: Real Love, Family Affair
Awards: 9 Grammy Awards

Isley Brothers
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Lead Players: Ernie Isley, Ronald Isley
Top Albums: Brother, Brother, Brother, 3 + 3
Top Hits: That Lady, For the Love of You
Awards: 2 Grammy Awards

Earth, Wind & Fire
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Lead Players: Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White
Top Albums: All N All, I Am
Top Hits: Shining Star, Boogie Wonderland
Awards: 7 Grammy Awards

Stevie Wonder
Hometown: Saginaw, MI
Top Albums: Talking Book, Songs in the Key of Life
Top Hits: Superstition, Living For the City
Awards: 25 Grammy Awards

Hometown: Dayton, OH
Lead Players: Johnnie Wilder, Keith Wilder, Rod Temperton
Top Albums: Too Hot To Handle, Central Heating
Top Hits: Boogie Nights, The Groove Line

Kool and the Gang
Hometown: Jersey City, NJ
Lead Players: Robert Bell, Ronald Bell
Top Albums: Ladies Night, Celebrate
Top Hits: Jungle Boogie, Celebrate
Awards: 1 Grammy Award

Gap Band
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Lead Players: Charlie Wilson, Ronnie Wilson, Robert Wilson
Top Albums: The Gap Band, The Gap Band III
Top Hits: Burn Rubber, Early In The Morning

Chaka Khan
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Groups: Rufus
Top Albums: Chaka, I Feel for You
Top Hits: I’m Every Woman, I Feel for You
Awards: 10 Grammy Awards

Nile Rodgers
Hometown: New York, NY
Groups: Chic
Top Albums: Chic, Risque
Top Hits: Le Freak, Good Times
Awards: 3 Grammy Awards

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Top Albums: 1999, Purple Rain
Top Hits: Little Red Corvette, When Doves Cry
Awards: 7 Grammy Awards

James Brown
Hometown: Barnwell, SC
Groups: The Famous Flames
Top Albums: I Got the Feelin’, Say It Loud
Top Hits: Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, I Got You
Awards: 3 Grammy Awards