Thursday, February 2, 2012
Don Cornelius - Creator of Soul Train Dead at 75
Don Cornelius, the man who provided a window in which to view Black culture and a platform for established and new musical artists to shine was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head. According to authorities the death appears to be a suicide.
Don Cornelius, a Chicago native brought the syndicated music vehicle to the airwaves in the early 1970's. To date it is the longest running syndicated television show in history. Being a child of the 60's and 70's I could not wait until Saturday Mornings to see the new dances and fashions the "Soul Train Dancers" would be sporting.
In later years Don Cornelius would give up his reign as host to the likes of Mystro Clark, Shemar Moore, and Dorian Gregory. In my humble opinion, "Soul Train" was never the same without Don.