This is a major bummer. Soul Train first aired in 1971 and can proudly boast as being the "longest-running, first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history."
Cornelius began his career as a radio DJ and emcee and conceptualized Soul Train in 1965. The show featured predominately black artists and was a tremendous outlet for emerging talent and top-billed acts alike. Cornelius stepped down as host in the 90's which had a major impact on the show's popularity.
Interesting fact: Don Cornelius was not a fan of hip hop, and especially hardcore rap and this influenced his decision to step down after these genres became increasingly popular. Yet one more reason to miss Don.
The music industry's elder statesmen Quincy Jones, had this to say about Don's passing:
"Don was a visionary pioneer and a giant in our business. Before MTV there was 'Soul Train,' that will be the great legacy of Don Cornelius. His contributions to television, music and our culture as a whole will never be matched."
First Etta, now Don. This has been a tough week for the music industry, however, let's do the world a favor and NOT have Christina Aguilera ruin another music legend's funeral with her pissing and caterwauling.
In other celeb news, Snooki, the mini squatch of Jersey Shore has denied rumors she's pregnant and has also shrieked about being called fat. During an appearance on Opie and Anthony Snookie said, "Why are people calling me fat? That's so rude!"
To which the world responded, "Why are you famous? WTF? Get back under your bridge!"