Soul Train's Don Cornelius Dies at 75

Soul music and television lost an icon today. Don Cornelius, host of Soul Train, was found of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to TMZ. He was 75 years old.

Cornelius created Soul Train, a variety music show focused on soul, R&B;, and hip-hop music that ran from 1971 to 2006. It currently lays claim to being the longest-running, first-run, nationally syndicated television program in history. The set was populated by dancers and live musicians, and who can forget the initially unusual but now-trademark Soul Train Scramble Board, where two dancers had 60 seconds to unscramble letters to form the name of a popular music artist? Early in its run Soul Train was one of the only shows dedicated to African-American culture and served as a gateway for predominantly white America to get its groove on.

Armed with a mega-bass voice, Cornelius embodied everything that was cool about soul music and was instrumental in bringing it to the masses. As he said to us so many times in signing off from the show: Don Cornelius, in parting, we wish you love, peace... and soul.


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Feb 02, 2012
RIP Cornelius. You will be missed
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Feb 02, 2012
I remember Soul Train would come on in the afternoon, and my mom would tell me about when she was a kid and would watch it, sometimes those very same shows. Later in life, around the time my sister was having a kid, there were infomercials with Don Cornelius selling those very same episodes via Time Life - so 3 generations were able to see the same episodes of Soul Train thanks to Don Cornelius. It's hard to believe it won't be more. The guy taught me at least that soul music is great, and that in the '70s, nobody could dance whether they were white OR black.
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Feb 02, 2012
Wow. That is insanity.
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Feb 02, 2012
Soul Train every Saturday after hours of cartoons.. those were the days! RIP Mr Cornelius
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