The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: The creator of Soul Train passes away today and it leaves his family, friends and fans at a loss for words. Don Cornelius was found in his home in Los Angeles of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gun shot wound. According to reports, a person called the police from Cornelius's house just before 4 a.m. and reported shots had been fired. When officers arrived, they were let into the house and found 75 year old Cornelius lying lifeless on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head that appeared to be self-inflicted. Cornelius was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:56 a.m.,
Cornelius was the writer, producer and hot "Soul Train" which is one of the longest-running syndicated shows in television history and played a critical role in spreading the music of Black America to the world, offering wide exposure to musicians like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 and Louisville's own Playa. Yes, I'm talking about the trio who created songs like "Cheers to You" and "Don't Stop The Music" just name a couple of their hits. I called a member of the group, Jawaan Peacock aka Smoke E. Digglera to see if he would give me a quote about a legend in the industry. We carried on a conversation and then he said "I was on Soul Train". I asked him did you say you were on Soul Train? He started to laugh and said "Yes". I sent a television crew to his home to talk to him about that experience.
It appears that Playa was on Soul Train, April 4, 1998. Others performances on that same day was Mya featuring Sisqo and Cece Winans.
You will see the interview tonight on WHAS11 News at 11pm.
If you know someone in from Kentucky or Southern Indiana that also appeared on Soul Train in the 35 years of it's existence please let me know. I would love to speak with them.
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