Don Cornelius (September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012)
Mr. Cornelius, a former disc jockey, created the show Soul Train in 1970 in Chicago on WCIU-TV and served as its writer, producer and host. Quickly becoming a success, the show was broadcast nationally in 1971, beginning its 35-year run. Besides the performers, the program showcased young dancers who would strut their stuff, laying the groundwork for countless dance programs, including current hits like Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.”
Soul Train was one of the longest-running syndicated shows in television history and played a critical role in spreading the music of black America to the world, offering wide exposure to musicians like James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson in the 1970s and 1980s.
Posted: February 1, 2012 • 12:56 PM
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Filed Under: #Don Cornelius #Soul Train #Black History #RIP #Pioneer
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