Previously known as National Black Music Month, this celebration of African American musical contributions holds a significant place in history, being renewed each year through a presidential proclamation.

According to the National Museum of African American History & Culture, it was created in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter. The “month celebrates the African American musical influences that comprise an essential part of our nation’s treasured cultural heritage.”

One of those treasures is Prince; today is his birthday, June 7.

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Like many Alabamians, Prince was the soundtrack to my teen years. We wore purple from top to bottom (even eyeshadow), knew every word to every song, and everything about him was alluring.

On top of that, Prince Rogers Nelson was a musical genius.

The Prince Vault said he “released over 900 songs both under his own name and with other artists. He has won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the first year he was eligible in 2004.”

Today, 92.9 WTUG will celebrate his birthday with Prince mini-mixes at the top of every hour from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

If you have a favorite Prince song, let us know by sending us a message on our free WTUG app.

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