Soul Train host Don Cornelius moderating the "Soul Train Scramble." (TWP Archives)

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.”