R.I.P. Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius dead at 75

Peace. Love. And Soul. That’s how he ended every show. The show was Soul Train and for decades it defined R & B music and dance from the pop viewpoint. Soul Train was the Black version of American Bandstand; however, Soul Train was much more successful. It outlived AB by a couple of decades. I know that Cornelius brought many Black greats onto his show like Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin, but he was extremely enlightened bringing David Bowie and the Romantics (both White acts) on his show. I remember him introducing the Romantics as “…very funky.”

To hear that this visionary, entrepreneur and social icon killed himself with a self-inflicted wound, just a few minutes ago, breaks my heart. Was there no hope, no cure, no help available to you, Don? It is a sad day for music, not just for R & B. Don Cornelius, you will be missed.

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About Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is also an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Natasha, Maxwell, Tigger and Nigel.
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