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Biography Of Don Cornelius

February 3, 2012 by staff 

Biography Of Don Cornelius, Don Cornelius, the creator, producer and former host of “Soul Train” has died after apparently committing suicide at his Sherman Oaks home on the morning of Wednesday, February 1, according to numerous reports. Doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles pronounced him dead at 4:56am from a self-inflicted gunshot. He was 75.

The Chicago-born Cornelius created and was the first host of “Soul Train,” a television show that was one of the most important trend setters in pop and dance music during its 35 year run from 1971 to 2006. Billed as “the longest-running, first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history,” the show featured stars such as James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Barry White.

According to Internet Movie Database, Cornelius began his showbiz career in radio after show host Ed Cobb of Chicago radio station WVON discovered him during the course of a traffic stop in the mid-1960s. At the time, Cornelius was a Chicago police officer and had pulled Cobb over for a traffic violation.

While Cornelius was questioning him with typical traffic stop questions, Cobb noticed his deep, unusual voice and told him that he was in the wrong profession. Cobb suggested that Cornelius come down to the radio station and make a demo tape. Cornelius ended up doing so and was hired as an announcer for the radio station, where he also worked as a backup disk jockey and news reader.

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