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Don Cornelius

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/music franchise Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971 to 1993. Cornelius sold the show to MadVision Entertainment in 2008. Cornelius was born in Chicago's South Side on September 27, 1936, and raised in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Following his graduation from DuSable High School in 1954, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served 18 months in Korea. He worked at various jobs following his stint in the military, including selling tires, automobiles, and insurance, and as an officer with the Chicago Police Department. He quit his day job to take a three-month broadcasting course in 1966, despite being married with two sons and having only $400 in his bank account. In 1966, he landed a job as an announcer, news reporter and disc jockey on Chicago radio station WVON. Cornelius joined Chicago television station WCIU-TV in 1967 and hosted a news program called A Black's View of the News. In 1970, he launched Soul Train on WCIU-TV as a daily local show. The program entered national

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'Soul Train' Host Don Cornelius: 'Memba Him?

'Soul Train' Host Don Cornelius: 'Memba Him?

From 1971- 1993, Don Cornelius was the host (and creator) of the nationally syndicated dance show "Soul Train." Guess what he looks like now! READ MORE >

All Aboard!

All Aboard!

The 73-year-old resurfaced at some event in L.A. on Wednesday, looking innocent."Soul Train" went off the air in 2006.In 2009, Don plead no contest to "corporal injury resulting in traumatic… READ MORE >

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