Don Cornelius 1936–2012

“I’m Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and . . . soul.”

Legendary producer and “Soul Train” host Don Cornelius died today at the age of 75. While the nature of his passing was exceedingly tragic, he left behind an incredibly rich legacy which continues to inspire generations of artists today.

Don Cornelius

 

In the video below, ?uestlove tells The Grio what Soul Train means to him and how it influenced his sense of heritage growing up:

 

This gem from the Soul Train channel itself features a stirring improvised tribute to Soul Train from Stevie Wonder:

 

Check out this compelling Soul Train documentary produced by VH1:

 

A personal favorite I had to include—Don Cornelius smooth-talking Marie Wilson of The Supremes, and swingin’ down the Soul Train Line like a champ (apologies for the poor quality, Japanese bootleg from YouTube!):

 

R.I.P. Don Cornelius, you will not be forgotten.

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