Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Jody Watley was born on Jan. 30, 1959.
"I figured as long as the music stayed hot and important and good, that there would always be a reason for Soul Train," Cornelius told the AP in 2006. (Photo: Kevin Parry/Wire Image/Getty Images)
In 1975, Cornelius founded Soul Train Records with Dick Griffey, Leon Sylvers and Gary Silverman. The label is responsible for founding hit disco and dance group Shalamar.
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In 1987, after finding another void for Black entertainers, Cornelius took his initial concept to the next level and created the Soul Train Awards to honor the contributions of Black artists; the annual program continues to this day. (Photo: Vince...
Remembering Don Cornelius, the iconic host of Soul Train, who died from an apparent suicide on February 1, 2012.
Cornelius conceived the idea for Soul Train during the civil rights movement after observing that there weren’t any venues for Black music on mainstream television. The show would debut on WCIU-TV in 1970. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)