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Television Thu Feb 02 2012

A Chicago Legend: WCIU Remembers Don Cornelius

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The ride from Chicago to Los Angeles is indeed a long one, but for the very determined "conductor" of one particular "train," it was a ride that was definitely worth taking.

Don Cornelius, 75, "Soul Train's" creator and founder, was pronounced dead yesterday in Los Angeles, sending shockwaves through the entertainment community; for many, this legendary TV icon epitomized what the culture of soul music was all about.

Cornelius, a Chicago native, created "Soul Train" to provide a platform for African-American singers and performers who weren't booked on mainstream programs. The nationally-syndicated show, which ran for 35 years, began in Chicago and later moved to California, and featured the latest trends in the world of fashion, music and of course, dance.

To celebrate the legacy of Don Cornelius, WCIU, which aired the original "Soul Train" at its former Chicago Board of Trade studios, will simulcast "Bounce TV Remembers Don Cornelius," this Saturday at 6pm. Hosted by Chilli of the 90s R&B trio TLC, the marathon's episodes will feature R&B/Soul music stars such as The Commodores, Kool and the Gang and Gladys Knight and the Pips; in addition, Cornelius' last show as host in 1993 will be aired.

For a full list of Chicago's WCIU broadcast channels, click here.

 
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Doc / February 2, 2012 5:30 PM

Great article! Can't wait to see the show! It's too bad that it's being shown like this because we lost him though.

JT / February 3, 2012 6:52 AM

Awesome Article LaShawn. Thanks for keeping us all in the loop. Proud of ya. Will definitely look out for the show.

Crystal / February 3, 2012 7:38 PM

LaShawn, I thank you greatly for this tribute to Don and also for the reminder of the re-broadcast of the shows.

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