Remembering Soul Train's Don Cornelius 1936 - 2012

"You can bet your last money, it's all gonna be a stone gas, honey!"

Don Cornelius, who died Wednesday at age 75, was best known as the creator of the longest-running nationally syndicated television program, Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971 to 1993. It first premiered as a local Chicago show on WCIU-TV on August 17, 1970, before airing in syndication across the country from October 2, 1971, until March 25, 2006. Cornelius also appeared in a few films, including Alan Rudolph's Roadie (1980) with Meat Loaf and Art Carney and Tapeheads (1988) with John Cusack and Tim Robbins.

As always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul, Mr. Cornelius.

Below you can watch a tribute to Don Cornelius, featuring Stevie Wonder, Mary Wilson and the Soul Train Line, as well as his interviews with Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.

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