'Soul Train' Founder Commits Suicide: Report

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand.... Go.

I guess God needed to Get Down.

Don Cornelius, the man who created Soul Train, was reportedly found dead Wednesday morning at his Los Angeles home. Police sources tell TMZ.com that Cornelius appears to have taken his own life; sources say he died from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 75.
Cornelius created "Soul Train" and hosted the show in national syndication from 1971 to 1993. It was the first real venue on American TV for soul music, and as the show's writer and producer, as well as host, Cornelius played a vital role in bringing stars like James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson to a wider audience. Some have described the show as "a black American Bandstand," though Cornelius was not a fan of that comparison. As the host, he was known for the catchphrase with which he closed each episode: "I'm Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!"
"Soul Train," which ceased airing in 2006, also spun off the Soul Train Music Awards and the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. Its most famous theme song, "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)," by MFSB became a massive pop hit in 1974.
 

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"I'm Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!"
Well, we have the message for the grave marker.
 

Konstantin K

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"Soul Train," which ceased airing in 2006,
Seriously? That's about 25 years longer than I thought.
 

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Way to kickoff Black History Month, selfish
 

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Seriously? That's about 25 years longer than I thought.
I would have said around 92. It seemed like the type of show that would exist quite a bit past its glory days and might have had a bit of a bump with hiphop. But 2006? Who were the guests? On one of the bad neighborhood channels, they air old Soul Trains and the show had legitimately decent musical acts. Who did they have in the 2000s?
 

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RIP Don.

I won't even make a joke.

His show started many acts on the road to sucess.
 

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I would have said around 92. It seemed like the type of show that would exist quite a bit past its glory days and might have had a bit of a bump with hiphop. But 2006? Who were the guests? On one of the bad neighborhood channels, they air old Soul Trains and the show had legitimately decent musical acts. Who did they have in the 2000s?
Wikipedia's list of Negroes I've Never Heard Of
 

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Tssssttsss... maybe his train was the Silver Bullet or sumptin... tssstss, tssssts... cuz you know Coors doesnt like blacks... tssstssst
 

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Seriously? That's about 25 years longer than I thought.
I would have said around 92. It seemed like the type of show that would exist quite a bit past its glory days and might have had a bit of a bump with hiphop. But 2006? Who were the guests? On one of the bad neighborhood channels, they air old Soul Trains and the show had legitimately decent musical acts. Who did they have in the 2000s?
During that era, Cornelius was no longer the host of the show and it was on BET. I think the host when the show went off the air was Shemar Moore. Like it says in the link HBB posted, during its last season it became a best of show.

The show did get a bump in popularity do to rap and hip hop in the early 1990s' But Cornelius was very hesitant to put those types of acts on in the beginning.

There is a VH1 documentary about the history of Soul Train and it was pretty good.
 

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Poor Don mutha fuckin Cornelius


Wonder where don magic Juan stands on this
 

bill333

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R.I.P. Don

See, when you come out of those jokes, man, it's impossible to make those transitions, and then you gotta go into somebody dying.

Is Don on the phone? ...oh wait, no he isn't
 

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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Brain!