DAILY FUEL: Soul Train’s Don Cornelius

Born in Chicago on this date in 1936, television show host and producer DON CORNELIUS joined the Marine Corps after high school and worked in a variety of jobs, including the Chicago PD, before starting as a disc jockey and radio announcer in 1966. After moving to television in 1967, he created “Soul Train” as a local daily show in 1970. A year later the show expanded to national syndication, and Cornelius began a run as host that lasted until 1993. Soul Train was largely responsible for broadening the audience for such performers as Michael Jackson, James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin, among many others. 

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