“LOVE,PEACE AND SOOOOUUULLLLLLLLL”
R.I.P DON CORNELIUS
1 of the things I remember so vividly is every Saturday morning watching “Soul Train”. 1 of the great memories of my childhood. There was a running joke in my family that my dad was Don Cornelius’ twin.
On this 1st day of Black History Month, it’s even more unfortunate for someone who was such a huge part of our culture and history, is now gone and so tragically.
In 2010, VH1 aired a documentary about the show, “Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America”; in it Questlove of The Roots talks about the impact the show had on its medium and its audience. “It’s so important at an early age—a sense of pride, a sense of history”
As reported on the L.A. Times:
“Soul Train” legend Don Cornelius (at the age of 75) was found dead at his Sherman Oaks home this morning.
Law enforcement sources said police arrived at Cornelius’ home around 4 a.m. He apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing.
The sources said there was no sign of foul play, but the Los Angeles Police Department was investigating.
In a 2010 interview with The Times, he said he was excited about a movie project he was developing about “Soul Train.”
“We’ve been in discussions with several people about getting a movie off the ground. It wouldn’t be the ‘Soul Train’ dance show, it would be more of a biographical look at the project,” he said. “It’s going to be about some of the things that really happened on the show.”
According to a Times article, Cornelius’ “Soul Train” became the longest-running first-run nationally syndicated show in television history, bringing African American music and style to the world for 35 years.
Cornelius stopped hosting the show in 1993, and “Soul Train” ceased production in 2006.