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Don Cornelius - "Soul Train" man

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Many tributes to Don Cornelius, an icon of African-American culture ...


Tributes flowing in the U.S. after the death at 75 years of Don Cornelius -Jason Moran, Dianne Reeves, Robert Glasper, Franlin Aretha, Quincy Jones and ... Barack Obama ...


Don Cornelius, the smooth-voiced television host who brought black music and culture into America’s living rooms when he created the dance show “Soul Train,” was found dead at his home in Los Angeles early Wednesday in what appeared to be a suicide, the authorities said. He was 75.


“Soul Train,” one of the longest-running syndicated shows in television history, played a critical role in spreading the music of black America to the world, offering wide exposure to musicians like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson in the 1970s and ’80s.


“ ‘Soul Train’ created an outlet for black artists that never would have been if it hadn’t been for Cornelius,” said Kenny Gamble, who with his partner, Leon Huff, created the Philly soul sound and wrote the theme song for the show. “It was a tremendous export from America to the world, that showed African-American life and the joy of music and dance, and it brought people together.”

New York Times

Last modified on Friday, 15 August 2014 12:40

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