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Cuba Gooding Sr.

I Owe My Career to Don Cornelius

2/4/2012 2:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Don Cornelius isn't getting the credit he deserves for "creating" the biggest music stars of the 70s -- at least according to Cuba Gooding Senior ... who got his big break on "Soul Train."

Long before CG Jr. was shouting, "Show me the money" -- Gooding Sr. and his group, the Main Ingredient, were singing "Everybody Plays the Fool" on "Soul Train" in '73 (below).

Gooding tells us groups like The Temptations, The Stylistics, and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes can also thank Cornelius for giving them major TV exposure. By the way, Cuba still has serious pipes (check the clip) ... and says, "What Don Cornelius decided to do was put us all on television. Regional at first, then local. Then the entire planet!"

Cornelius was found dead in his home on February 1 of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.



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@AditaOnSteroids, You should check your facts, in the early days of Soul Train, EVERYBODY sang live. It wasn't until the mid 70's that they went with pre-recorded tracks. Look for Train clips of James Brown, Al Green, Stevie Wonder etc. James Brown couldn't Lip-Sync if he tried, he never sang a song the same way twice.

960 days ago

Cruise Lover    

Too bad Don Cornelius didn't listen to Main Ingredient advice given in the song "don't do something rash."

960 days ago


Did anyone forget ED SULLIVAN? Ed had sooooo many Black Acts on in the 60's.The only differnece is that Soul Train was strickly Black.But it was not the 1st Black show on TV.Also channeling American Bandstand!AMEN!!!

960 days ago


CGjr, you sir are confused. Don Crnelius, a verified racist, put you on that TV show for just one reason and that reason was to make a dollar off you.


You must not think much of yourself if you believe that racist gave you your career.

960 days ago


Don Cornelius/Soul Train cartoon:

958 days ago


Where are the New Temptations and where are they currently concerts being held?

746 days ago
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