Don passed away today...
Thanks for bringing funk, soul and disco to the masses.
All my early soul influences came from UK Top of the Pops, when clips from Soul Train were shown if the artist was not over here (9 times out of 10). Don wasn't a household name over here, but his show had a major influence. I remember being mesmerised by Aretha and her backing singers doing Rocksteady back in the day. It had a huge impact on me personally. Your shows will never pass away, but RIP Don.
do you mean clips from Soul Train were actually used in another show? I wonder how the clearance for that process was handled considering the tight control Cornelius maintained over Soul Train?
This news came like a hit to the solar plexus. As a teenager, I was watching "Soul Train" when it was a local Chicago show in black and white, every afternoon on UHF channel 26. It had a budget of -- probably -- $100 or so per show, but if you wanted great music and dancing, it was the only thing on TV to watch.
Last year, a few complete episodes (down to the "wantu wazuri use Afro Sheen" ads) were run on our cable system. They still hold up, nearly 40 years later. And Don -- well, he definedsoul...except maybe for the one time Mary Wilson got him to dance.
Love, peace and sooooooooooul, Don.
Don was certainly an institution and will be sorely missed. Always remembered watching Soul Train right after American Bandstand and liked it so much better. Outside of the big cities I would imagine that Soul Train was the only way for white kids to get a dose of black music. RIP Don.
can't say I blame Don one iota .
To witness , as he did, the repulsive decline of music from its invigorating heyday:
SHAKE YOUR BOOTY in the 70's
to its current lowest possible form:
SHAKE YOU BOOTY in the trashy here and now
It is just too much to expect a class-act like Don with his incisive perspective to bear .
RIP Don Cornelius.
Did I say the decline of "music" ?? No , it goes beyond that.
I still recall the thrill -
I guess I always will
Does anyone know if he was in bad health or suffered depression?
still cant believe it........ don corneilus was perhaps the coolest brother since the original soul brother number one. and all you really have to say is SOUL TRAIN,no other words needed. and although they were a little tardy in jumping on the hard-core disco bandwagon,lagging behind bandstand just a bit, when they did come aboard,they went full force,even changing the set logo to a huge mirror ball with soul train around it. loved that!! there is a vh-1 special on soul train that is excellent and classic episodes can be found on the centric network so we still get to see the master in action. i hope that what i'm hearing,that he took his life over a woman is not true, because that would be a serious hit to his legacy. but he will always be the man to so many music lovers. i know don is partying in heaven and spreading love,peace and soul!
Don Cornelius was never a part of my youth, simply because Soul Train wasn't broadcasted over here. I learned about the man and his legendary TV show many years later and yes, we missed something BITD, that's the least I can say. R.I.P.
This was just posted by the Soul Train company:
It's because of Don Cornelius and SOUL TRAIN, that The Whispers, Shalamar, Lakeside, The Sylvers & Dynasty gained National Exposure!!! They were mostly known in California before that.But my most favorite memory of SOUL TRAIN, is when James Brown brought his JB's with him, and had the Entire Show dedicated to him! CLASSIC!!!'NUFF SAID
did very many people know that Cornelius was also a songwriter? He wrote songs on the first Shalamar album. And in the "Best of Soul Train" series, there's a clip of Cornelius dancing!
So sad to hear this news. Saturdays as a teenager were always American Bandstand at 12 noon followed by Soul Train at 1 pm.
He wasn't without his faults though. He got arrested in 2008 for wife beating and was apparently homophobic. I heard he wouldn't let Sylvester perform on the show.
I'm sorry to learn of this about Don Cornelius.
But alas, even good people are rarely all things to all people . I think he was a man with a big heart , with a true love for (quality) music , and genuine when he signed off with his offering of "love, peace, and soul! "
There is no mention of SOUL TRAIN and Sylvester's non-appearance on it in his biography , but when DISCO HEAT was just breaking the TOP 40 , an appearance on SOUL TRAIN might've launched Sylvester beyond discotheque stardom. It sure wouldn't have hurt , so it is a shame it never happened.
Speaking of Jody Watley , don't forget it was in her interview right here on this site in which she nonchalantly offered :
so for all those years : Don was either more gay tolerant than most .... or he spent all those Saturdays on the set as one nervous Nelly !!
"The Soul Train" era was a lot of fun. It's where I received my diva training in working the camera, giving attitude and 'working it'!
All of the gay boys on the show taught me well!
Last edited by remicks; February 5th, 2012 at 12:08 AM.
I still recall the thrill -
I guess I always will