Whenever I walk into a store or any kind of environment, these kinds of songs from that period still play and I wonder if it's a "Soul Train" tape. If I saw. The couple had two children, Anthony and Raymond, before divorcing. He will truly be missed. (John Hayes / Associated Press), Cornelius told The Times in 2010 that he hoped to one day make a “Soul Train” documentary and that Eddie Murphy had already shown interest in the project. (Tribune Entertainment / Getty Images), Cornelius’ signature line at the end of each “Soul Train” show was, "...you can bet your last money, it’s all gonna be a stone gas, honey! (Jose Galvez / Los Angeles Times), “The acceptance of music on a total media basis is much more developed now, it’s much more available. He was a great pioneer.”, Arsenio Hall: “Since the year I landed in this town … He has been one of my ‘Hollywood mentors’ … and a loyal FRIEND! Marriage: Spouse: Don Cornelius. He had talked about the difficulty of securing advertisers. [December 4, 2008]. All Rights Reserved. He adds that he spoke to Don Cornelius a few days ago and there were no signs that he was upset. He was placed on 36 months probation. It was an incredible time. Later he found love with Viktoria Chapman (pictured), but things turned sour between them, too. Was inducted posthumously into the Illinois Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2012. Cornelius married his childhood sweetheart, Delores Harrison, in 1956. He was a writer and producer, known for Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000), Soul Train (1971) and Jackie's Back! (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images), Cornelius created the Soul Train Music Awards in 1987 to recognize black musical performers who may not enjoy widespread pop success. Under California law, if a policyholder commits suicide within 2 years of the time the policy is issued, the company can deny payment. He had two sons with his first wife Delores. When we started, we were the only program that a certain genre of artist could get exposure on. (Tribune Entertainment / Getty Images), Diana Ross was also known for stopping by the show. His arrest with domestic violence, the divorce, along with a combination of health problems, all of which led to his suicide. Copyright © 2020 Interactive One, LLC. He married Viktoria Chapman in … Cornelius appeared in court and was charged with spousal abuse and dissuading a witness from filing a police report. His death has prompted many to speak of the positive influence he and his show ‘Soul Train’ had on pop culture, music and the African-American community. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images), 14 (Handout), While Cornelius found success on television, he experienced trouble in his personal life. Cobb told him that he was in the wrong profession, and suggested that Cornelius come down to the radio station and make a demo tape. (Associated Press), Among the famous faces to stop by “Soul Train” were James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone, Barry White and Aretha Franklin. SIGN UP FOR THE 99.3-105.7 KISS FM NEWSLETTER. Official Sites, Closed the show with the catchphrase - "We Wish You Love, Peace & Soul!". As of 2016, he is the longest-serving host of. He joined the United States Marine Corps and served 18 months in Korea. Don Cornelius, the creator and voice of “Soul Train,” has died at age 75. In the mid-1960s, WVON Radio personality Ed Cobb was pulled over by Chicago Police officer Don Cornelius. Cornelius pleaded not guilty before changing his plea to no contest. (1999). That's another reason for its staying power: we don't tray to be heroes, as far as playing songs that we like but no one else is playing. Don Cornelius, the creator of ‘Soul Train’ television show, left behind two life insurance policies worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, which will reportedly go to his ex-wife whom he divorced after a bitter legal battle three years ago, sources say. Cornelius was born on Chicago's South Side on September 27, 1936, and raised in the Bronzeville neighborhood.

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