On February 1, Don Cornelius took his own life and instead of doing a story about his death and his career as every new source has done. I wanted to write a brief editorial more on the influence of this man on so many people and myself. He not only changed society but brought the music of the street to the main stream.
Don Cornelius was born in 1936 Chicago, Illinois and served in Korea for our country, but he was known more for bringing funk music to people of all neighborhoods through the show he produced and hosted called, Soul Train. For this editor it was my first view at music, the dancing and became a show that you made sure you sat in front of the TV to see. Watching some of the greats of the time such as James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Barry White, Marvin Gay to just name a few. It was not the only dance show on TV at the time American Bandstand was on as well. Bandstand did not have what Soul Train had such as the same feel and fun and made the show feel as your own.
Growing up in Los Angeles at two-years old learning all the dance move that I can do from the Soul Train dancers. Now I look back and how many other kids and adults would do the same as the go to parties and clubs. The dances that came off hisÂ show such as the robot and the beginnings of the moonwalk, the Soul Train line would be one that so many families had to do at gatherings that are still being done at this time.
Without Don Cornelius doing what he did with Soul Train it is hard to see life and music being what it is today. It would have been a different world. Thank You Mr. Cornelius for everything you have done. Even though you are no longer on this earth the influence you have had to the people around the world. Rest In Peace.