Don Cornelius R.I.P. 1936-2012


Soul Train legend dead
from apparent suicide. Let’s pay tribute via the video clips, below.


By Fred Mills


Early news reports from Los Angeles today have confirmed that Soul Train founder and announcer Don
Cornelius has died at the age of 75. His body was found this morning at his
Sherman Oaks home with a gunshot wound to the head; suicide is presumed.


Cornelius is a music world legend, having launched the
long-running program in 1971 and featuring a who’s-who of African-American acts
during its 4-decade tenure. Over the years such equally legendary artists as
James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson performed, and
the theme music “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” became a huge chart hit as


A must-own 3-disc DVD box, The Best of Soul Train, was issued in 2010 featuring those artists
as well as Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Lou Rawls, Curtis Mayfield, the Commodores,
Isley Brothers and more, along with several key Cornelius-conducted interviews.


Cornelius was the host through 1993 (it ultimately lasted
until 2006). We wish you love, peace and soul, sir.




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