The Hippest Trip On Television
“I am shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden passing of my friend, colleague, and business partner Don Cornelius,” said Quincy Jones, according to the Associated Press. “Don was a visionary pioneer and a giant in our business. Before MTV there was ‘Soul Train,’ that will be the great legacy of Don Cornelius. His contributions to television, music and our culture as a whole will never be matched. My heart goes out to Don’s family and loved ones.”
Mr. Cornelius, a former disc jockey, created the show in 1970 in Chicago on WCIU-TV and served as its writer, producer and host. The show was almost an instant success and it was broadcast nationally in 1971, beginning its 35-year run.
Soul Train was the shit on Saturday morning, and pasty old Dick Clark had nothing on Don, so hopefully Mr. Cornelius can now rest in Love, Peace & Soul.