Don Cornelius took ‘Soul Train’ on pioneering trip (AP)

FILE - This Monday, March 6, 2006 file photo shows Don Cornelius at his office in Los Angeles. Cornelius, creator of the long-running TV dance show 'Soul Train,' shot himself to death Wednesday morning, Feb. 1, 2012 at his home in Los Angeles, police said. He was 75. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)AP – In an era when Beyonce and Jay-Z are music royalty, when Barack Obama is the nation’s chief executive, and when black stars in the cast of a TV show are commonplace, it may be hard to grasp the magnitude of what Don Cornelius created once he got his “Soul Train” rolling.

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