R.I.P. Don Cornelius Dead at 75 – Soul Train Creator Shoots Himself + Favorite Soul Train Interviews

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius was found dead at his Sherman Oaks on home Wednesday morning.
Law enforcement sources said police arrived at Cornelius’ home around 4 a.m. He apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing.

The sources said there was no sign of foul play, but the Los Angeles Police Department was investigating.

In a 2010 interview with The Times, he said he was excited about a movie project he was developing about “Soul Train.”

“We’ve been in discussions with several people about getting a movie off the ground. It wouldn’t be the ‘Soul Train’ dance show, it would be more of a biographical look at the project,” he said. “It’s going to be about some of the things that really happened on the show.”

According to a Times article, Cornelius’ “Soul Train” became the longest-running first-run nationally syndicated show in television history, bringing African American music and style to the world for 35 years.

Cornelius stopped hosting the show in 1993, and “Soul Train” ceased production in 2006.

Growing up Soul Train was a staple must watch each Saturday.  The dancing, the rawness and the soul will never be duplicated.  We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to Don Cornelius for his vision and execution which paved the way for modern Black music.   Rest in Peace my brother.  Like many  including The Roots’ ?uestlove, we just wish that the events which lead to your death could have been avoided.  Please know that we will truly miss you but your legacy will live on forever!

Here are some of our favorite Soul Train moments with brother Don:

Soul Train Theme Song – TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) – MSFB (Mother Sister Father Brother)

Interview with James Brown and Al Sharpton:

Interview with Herb Kent (legendary Chicago DJ):

Interview with Rick James:

Rick James/Don cornelius on (SOUL TRAIN) 1980 by dennis649

Interview with Run DMC:

Full Force Unsung FULL EPISODE TVOne Documentary (incl. 1 of Don Cornelius’ last Interviews)

Full Force was one of the most underrated groups of the 80s and even into the 90s. These muscle bound harmonious cats with the juiciest curls from NYC put it down with a string of ballads and club bangers unrivaled by most. Check this full ep including some of the last footage of the late Don Cornelius.

Biography of Full Force from AllMusic.com:

Full Force rose to prominence in the mid-’80s, writing and producing popular R&B hits for Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam before embarking on a moderately successful solo career that ultimately led them back to production work in the late ’90s. The six-man collective — featuring Paul Anthony, Bowlegged Lou, B-Fine, Baby Gerry, Shy Shy, and Curt-t-t — originated in Brooklyn, NY, where they originally met up with Steve Salem in the late ’70s, a business-savvy individual who functioned as their manager. With a manager in place and plenty of talent between the various group members, Full Force struggled throughout the early ’80s to find a label willing to sign them. Eventually they got a break when they wrote and produced fellow Brooklyn group U.T.F.O.’s “Roxanne Roxanne,” a rap song that would attain a certain level of fame thanks to a series of answer records. In early 1985, the single peaked at number ten on Billboard’s R&B charts, proving a substantial hit for both the rap group and the production team. From there, Full Force moved onto their next major success with Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, a dance-pop group led by a 16-year-old singer named Lisa Velez. Originally Velez had auditioned for the production team, who then went ahead and recorded “I Wonder if I Take You Home” with her, releasing the single under the moniker Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force on an indie New York label, Personal. The song scored success initially overseas before eventually being released by Columbia in the U.S. after getting immense play in New York clubs as an import single. Almost overnight, the song topped Billboard’s dance chart and went on to peak at number six on the R&B chart by summer 1985. Thanks to the momentum surrounding the hit single, Full Force signed a deal with Columbia to release solo material. Though they scored some minor R&B hits on their own (“Temporary Love Thing,” “Unfaithful So Much,” “All in My Mind”), their biggest success continued to be as a production team for Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam (“All Cried Out,” “Head to Toe,” “Lost in Emotion”). In 1988, Full Force produced James Brown’s I’m Real, scoring a substantial hit for the struggling legend with the album’s title track, and worked with a number of late-’80s dance-pop stars: Jasmine Guy, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, and Samantha Fox, among others. Throughout the early and mid-’90s, the production team remained relatively quiet before again churning out a number of late-’90s R&B-flavored pop hits with Selena, Backstreet Boys, and LFO, among others.


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