Sunday, January 27, 2013

Soul Train: Hits That Made it Happen

With the late, great Don Cornelius.  Don passed away last year and I really wished I would have posted this record cover at the time.  Mosty well known as host of Soul Train, 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 syndication and moved to Los Angeles the following year.  Wiki...

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