40 Years of Soul Train

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R.I.P., Don Cornelius (1936-2012)

The world lost a legend when Don Cornelius died on Feb. 1 from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 75. Starting out as a music tour, his groundbreaking show Soul Train would become a nationally broadcasted TV show in 1970, under the direction of Cornelius (pictured above). Dubbed as the "hippest trip in America," Soul Train soon became the premier TV show for African-American singers and musicians.

(Photo:  Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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