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Vaark
02-01-2012, 02:29 PM
'Soul Train' host Don Cornelius dies in apparent suicideBy Steve Jones, USA TODAY Updated 13m ago

Don Cornelius conducted us on the "hippest trip in America" for more than two decades on Soul Train, and in the process shone a light on R&B stars that mostly performed in the shadows of the mainstream. At the same time, he invited the nation to a multicultural, cross-generational dance party that was broadcast into living rooms every Saturday morning.

'Soul Train' host Don Cornelius introduced television audiences to legendary artists including Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Barry White.

With his smooth, resonant baritone, Cornelius introduced hundreds of stars to the TV audience, including Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, James Brown, Jerry Butler, Marvin Gaye, The O'Jays and Barry White, while overseeing a colorful menagerie of partiers who influenced dance and fashion. It opened a window to African-American culture that had received scant media exposure.

"Back then, there was no targeted television and I just had the sense that television shouldn't be that way," Cornelius told USA TODAY in a rare interview in 2010, when the show's 40th anniversary was celebrated with a VH1 documentary. "The primary mission of the show was to provide TV exposure for people who would not get it otherwise. People who didn't get invited to The Mike Douglas Show, or (Johnny) Carson. There was no ethnic television, just general-market television, which meant mostly white people."

The pioneering media mogul, 75, was found dead in his Sherman Oaks, Calif., home Wednesday morning. He was pronounced dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 4:56 a.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.


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BAMAPHIN 22
02-01-2012, 03:49 PM
Tragic ending to a legend... R.I.P. DON

dreday
02-01-2012, 09:50 PM
i may be showing my age a lil bit, but it just wasn't saturday morning without al green and afro-sheen! remember the 'word scramble' game? the asian chick?the see thru bottoms she wore? the clothes? great times! great memories!

a moment of silence and rip don...LOVE PEACE AND SOOOOUUUUL!!!

Fin Fan in Cali
02-02-2012, 01:02 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKH7BHzq_VM

Rest in Peace Don.

Fin Fan in Cali
02-02-2012, 01:05 AM
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Fin Fan in Cali
02-02-2012, 01:06 AM
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Fin Fan in Cali
02-02-2012, 01:08 AM
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Fin Fan in Cali
02-02-2012, 01:10 AM
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Fin Fan in Cali
02-02-2012, 01:12 AM
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Fin Fan in Cali
02-02-2012, 01:16 AM
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DphinBillkiller
02-02-2012, 01:19 AM
R.I.P. Don Corneilus!

Valandui
02-02-2012, 06:05 AM
That sucks. Don Cornelius was the man.

Valandui
02-02-2012, 06:13 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faaxsHyyIzY

Vaark
02-02-2012, 10:27 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvUZ8Vh2UIY

dreday
02-02-2012, 12:30 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1DDgNCLD84

dreday
02-02-2012, 12:34 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N19NmO3NP4

Vaark
02-02-2012, 12:38 PM
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Vaark
02-02-2012, 12:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K3gyVjlNpE

Vaark
02-02-2012, 12:42 PM
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Vaark
02-02-2012, 12:45 PM
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GoonBoss
02-02-2012, 11:35 PM
Another passing of an icon. Self inflicted GSW indicates there were deeper issues.

I was certainly aware of Soul Train, and it was a better alternitive than most other programing on when our little town got only three to four stations. Being of "White America" I already payed homage at the temple of multiple black musical artists, and I didn't need Soul Train to tell me again how much I needed to. Then or now.

That said, Don Cornelious was an expert host and announcer. He was polished and seemed to drop out of the blue. I can't think of any announcer of color, to include the Gumbals, any sundry football coaches, or otherwise that were/are a bridge of culture like this guy.

He's a loss to be mourned.

And another mark of my mortality.

Fin Fan in Cali
02-03-2012, 09:41 PM
I heard he wasn't in the best of health, so that probably played a big part in why he took his life.