Sunday, February 5, 2012

Don Cornelius Creator of "Soul Train" Dead at 75

Don Cornelius Creator of "Soul Train" Dead at 75

Generations of music lovers are mourning the death of "Soul Train" producer/host Don Cornelius, who was found dead in his L.A. home. Cornelius created the music and dance show that became a staple of Afican-American culture. "Soul Train" was a Saturday-morning must see. It also was the longest running first run nationally syndicated show in televison history.

Long before MTV, VH1, and even BET there was Don Cornelius and Soul Train, consistently providing exposure on television for R&B and Soul artists who up until that time could only be seen on shows like the Ed Sullivan Show, American Bandstand and, once in a while, an NBC special (remember The Temptations and Supremes TCB?) Mr. Cornelius helped changed the landscape of Saturday morning television and influenced the entire American culture.

Soul Train was a staple for ALL YOUNG AMERICANS, and a part of American culture. We didn't watch sesame street, but we watched soul train, everyone I knew did, it was a part of growing up, the part we loved, ALL of us! If you liked music, boogie or not, we ALL got on the SOUL TRAin! So rest in peace, Mr. Cornelius, we ALL appreciate the CULTURE you let us ALL share.

I am truly saddened as are many others by his passing.

Herb Kent and Don Cornelius on V103

Don Cornelius on Soul Train 1973

This is the version of Soul Train Theme that I love!

Don you will never be forgotten, RIP, I wish you LOVE, PEACE and SOUL!!!

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