[QODLink]
Americas
Soul Train host dies
Don Cornelius, called the conductor of the hippest train in America, was found dead from a single gunshot wound.
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 03:36

Don Cornelius, called the conductor of the hippest train in America, was found dead from a single gunshot wound at his southern California home.

At 75, the apparent suicide on Wednesday of the showman with an impeccable sense of cool and of-the-moment style brings an end to the life of a man who helped break down colour barriers in a nation where race has played such a prominent role throughout its history.

In an industry dominated by white businessmen, his Soul Train Saturday afternoon programme featuring the latest R&B, disco, and funk easily stood out from the crowd.

The show, which would go on to become the longest-running syndicated television programme in US history, featured some of the biggest names in music.

From a young Michael Jackson to Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye, Soul Train saw the most influential names in music rock its colourful stage from the 1970s through to the 1990s.
 

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
Featured
Booming global trade in 50-million-year-old amber stones is lucrative, controversial, and extremely dangerous.
Legendary Native-American High Bird was trained in ancient warrior traditions, which he employed in World War II.
Hounded opposition figure says he's hoping for the best at sodomy appeal but prepared to return to prison.
Fears of rising Islamophobia and racial profiling after two soldiers killed in separate incidents.
Group's culture of summary justice is back in Northern Ireland's spotlight after new sexual assault accusations.