Host of Soul Train

*Steven Ivory is a prolific commentator of black music, art and culture.  He, like many, was shocked to wake to the news that the world has lost industry legend Don Cornelius, due to an apparent suicide.

Mr. Cornelius will go down in history as the creator of the popular 1970’s television show Soul Train.  It was a soulful addition to the airwaves and a complement to the more pop oriented “American Band Stand,” produced and hosted by Dick Clark.  

Ivory was a first hand witness to what Don Cornelius created.  He tells EURweb’s Lee Bailey how Soul Train impacted not only the black community, but the music industry around the world.  In the days where people of color were scarcely populated on television, here was a show filled with the spirit, the song, the dance and the fashion that would become iconic.  For that, Steven Ivory has one man to thank, Don Cornelius:

Black radio gave us the sound, Don Cornelius gave us the look, the feel and the movement of soul music. The Soul Train dance show endured through the 80’s and the 90’s and eventually left the air in 2006, making it the longest airing first run syndicated television program.

Presently, The Soul Train brand continues as an award show that is now produced by BET. will continue to post breaking news and perspectives on the life and death of Don Cornelius.

Columns by Steve Ivory appear weekly here on Past episodes of Soul Train are available at 

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