The word out of Los Angeles is that the man who created “Soul Train” — the Chicago show that introduced America to countless soul and R&B acts, and some groovy dancing, too — has died of an apparent suicide. Don Cornelius was 75.
Cornelius was a police officer who started his broadcast career in Chicago as a news announcer and DJ on WVON radio. In 1970, he started the local version of “Soul Train” on WCIU-TV, with Jerry “The Iceman” Butler, The Chi-Lites, and The Emotions as his first guests. “Soul Train” moved to Hollywood in 1971, and took us on the hippest trip in America until 2006.
Check out the line dance:
And a bit of the O’Jays:
R.I.P. Don Cornelius: September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012