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Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Washingtonians remember Don Cornelius of “Soul Train”

Soul Train host Don Cornelius moderating the "Soul Train Scramble." (TWP Archives)
In today’s Post, everyone from D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray to godfather of go-go Chuck Brown chime in on the death of Don Cornelius, the creator, producer and host of “Soul Train.”

Below are some additional thoughts on Cornelius from notable Washingtonians that didn’t make it into our story:

Raheem DeVaughn, R&B singer: “I’m thankful for the platform he created not just for black music, but for music as a whole. We didn’t have it before him.”

Donnie Simpson, radio and television personality:[Simpson first met Cornelius when he was 19 years old and hosting a television dance show show in his native Detroit.] “He told me, ‘I’d like for you to take over “Soul Train” someday...’ I was like, ‘Yeah, right.’ Who could replace that kind of cool?... The lesson I learned from him was to carry yourself with class... On air and off the air, Don was very, very classy.”

Mya, R&B singer (via email): “Condolences to the family, friends + associates of Don Cornelius. So grateful for his decades of innovative contribution to music.  Soul Train brought so many wonderful memories, togetherness & joy for so many households. May the visionary rest in peace.”

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Categories:  B-sides | Tags:  Raheem DeVaughn, Mya, Donnie Simpson, Chuck Brown, Don Cornelius

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