Thursday, February 2, 2012
PEACE, LOVE & SOUL - WHEN AMERICA RODE THE SOUL TRAIN - SYNDICATION - CIRCA 1973
Don Cornelius was an entertainer and entrepreneur, who took millions of television viewers on the "Hippest Trip in America" each weekend, aboard the SOUL TRAIN.
He created and hosted a vibrant, exuberant show that introduced some of the greatest performers in R&B to a loyal and diverse audience from its inception in 1971 until he retired in 2007.
Yesterday,at age 75, in poor health, he killed himself. His final years were marked by an ugly divorce and charges of domestic violence.
It's sadly ironic that a man who did so much to bring so many people together in happy celebration of music, fashion and culture would end his life in a lonely,violent act.
The syndicated show that he launched on a Chicago, UHF station changed careers, lives, style and attitudes among all of us who made sure we were in front of a TV set when the SOUL TRAIN came roaring into our homes.
We hope that Don Cornelius will rest in peace, love and soul.
Here , from THE SOUL TRAIN YOU TUBE CHANNEL, is a montage of the teens, the talent, the music and the fashion that made SOUL TRAIN an American institution