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Don Cornelius

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Don Cornelius hosts Soul Train c. 1971

Source: www.museum.tv

Donald Cortez "Don" Cornelius (September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012) was an American television show host and producer who was best known as the creator of the nationally syndicated dance and music franchise Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971 until 1993. Eventually Cornelius sold the show to MadVision Entertainment in 2008.

Fact file

  • Born: Donald Cortez Cornelius September 27, 1936 Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Died: February 1, 2012 (aged 75) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Cause of death: Suicide by gunshot
  • Resting place: Cremated
  • Education: DuSable High School
  • Occupation: Television host, producer
  • Years active: 1966–2011
  • Known for: Creator of Soul Train WVON home station
  • Home town: Douglas, Chicago, Illinois
  • Spouse(s): Delores Harrison (1956 – ?) 2 children Viktoria Chapman (also known as Victoria Avila-Cornelius; 13 December 2001 – ?) (divorced)
  • Children: Anthony and Raymond (first marriage)

Read more about Don Cornelius at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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Variety, 2018-04-17 21:00:47
BET has ordered five new scripted series and six unscripted projects for the upcoming season. The slate includes a comedy remake inspired by the 1992 pic “Boomerang” and a look at the life of “Soul Train” maestro Don Cornelius. BET unveiled its 2018-19 season programming slate on Tuesday amid the ...

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NEW YORK (AP) — The groundbreaking song-and-dance show "Soul Train" is chugging toward Broadway.

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