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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Don Cornelius RIP

Don Cornelius creator of Soul Train has died.  He certainly had a large influence on Soul, Blues, and R&B.  Below is some reactions from around the blues world.



From Kenneth Gamble, and Leon Huff. 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wed., Feb. 1, 2012
 
JOINT STATEMENT FROM LEGENDARY ‘SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA’ PRODUCERS AND PIONEERS KENNETH GAMBLE & LEON HUFF ON THE PASSING OF SOUL TRAIN CREATOR DON CORNELIUS
 
Gamble & Huff wrote and produced the #1 smash hit ‘TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia),” best known as the “Theme from Soul Train.”
 
“Don Cornelius and his creation of ‘Soul Train’ and its legacy had a great impact on American culture. Don’s vision allowed for African-American artists to be exposed to people all over the world through the power of television. We were glad to help Don Cornelius fulfill his dream and legacy by creating the theme song for his hit show. The ‘Soul Train’ and TSOP brands will forever be inseparable. We thank Don Cornelius for his tremendous contributions to the entertainment world.
 
“Our deepest sympathy goes out to Don’s family and everyone he touched.” 

From Damon Williams

 STATEMENT FROM THE RHYTHM AND BLUES FOUNDATION CHAIRMAN DAMON WILLIAMS ON THE PASSING OF SOUL TRAIN CREATOR DON CORNELIUS 
  “Don Cornelius was a VISIONARY AND PIONEER who will always be remembered for his gift to the world: 'Soul Train.' Without Don's contributions, Rhythm and Blues music would not have had a TV platform to expose artists that has meant so much to the rich history of Rhythm and Blues music. We are beyond grateful to Don for everything that he has done to cement our music and our culture into the hearts and minds of people all over the world.

“Our condolences go out to Don’s family and friends all over the world" 



From Bob Corritore


  • RIP Don Cornelius -September 27, 1936 to February 1, 2012. Don Cornelius, host and creator of the beloved television show Soul Train was found dead today, from an apparent suicide. He was 75. One cannot over-estimate the influence of this show in bringing great soul and rhythm & blues artists into the spotlight and highlighting the joy of dancing to the music it presented. For Don's wikipedia bio click here, and for the Huffington Post article which includes a video and a slide show click here.
    We are saddened that a man that brought so much joy to others, would leave the world this way. He will be remembered fondly by the millions of people that his work touched.
    Here is a wonderful YouTube clip of Don Cornelius announcing on Soul Train, with special guest Johnnie Taylor singing "Stop Doggin' Me Around"(Click here to see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1kDiLDwflY).

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