For people of a certain age, the news of Don Cornelius’ death felt like another piece of our adolescent years died as well. How many Saturdays were spent watching “Soul Train” and imagining our younger selves dancing down the line. How many of us strained muscles trying to perform those dance splits? Oh, you didn’t? Ok, let me speak for myself, that hurt!
While his passing brings back many happy memories, the reality of his death and the manner in which he died, brings us great sadness. Cornelius brought a new beat to American television and “American Bandstand” couldn’t compete with that. He introduced performers such as Boyz ll Men, Mariah Carey, Heavy D and Herbie Hancock, to a wider audience; an audience who might not have seen them otherwise.
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