As everyone knows, at least anyone with soul, Don Cornelius, the television impresario who brought us the American pop culture staple Soul Train, has passed away at the age of 75. What most don’t know is that Don was not only the host of the show, but also the executive producer, an accomplishment that was at the forefront of changes in the American landscape after the volatile Civil Rights movement had gained traction in the late 60’s. His role promoting incredible artists like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Marvin Gaye, Ike & Tina Turner, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Chaka Khan, Curtis Mayfield, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Sly and the Family Stone, Earth, Wind & Fire and The Isley Brothers featured in the video clip below, was just part of the importance of his contribution to American culture. This was one of the first offerings of African-American culture that was not a portrayal as seen through the eyes of a white producer, but rather something that could depict African-American culture honestly and positively from their own perspective. Despite the tragic and saddening circumstances surrounding his passing, I am choosing to celebrate the life he lived and the joy he brought to many with this red hot live take of “That Lady (Parts 1 & 2)”. I really hope you guys enjoy it.
“I’m Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!”