*Veteran television producer Tony Cornelius, renown for Soul Train and Soul Train Music Awards, appeared today on ActorsE Chat with host Ron Brewington.
Cornelius, who has been a producer for more than 25 years, is the son of deceased Soul Train creator, producer and director Don Cornelius.
He talked about growing up watching his father work hard to make Soul Train the success it became. The program started in October, 1971 and ran for 37 years, with over 1,100 episodes. The younger Cornelius aided his father, working in numerous positions, i.e., cameraman, producer, marketing, distribution, etc.
He recalled memories of the many show guests, including Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, The O’Jays, The Whispers, Michael Jackson, Barry White and Patti LaBelle.
Cornelius also discussed the 1995 debut of the Soul Train Music Awards and other spin off shows.
He recalled the tragedy of February 1, 2012 when his father committed suicide, saying the struggle from that experience caused him to form the Don Cornelius Foundation to help others with their problems.
Other discussions included: The legacy of his father; continuing with his own production career; the pride that he has in his 17-year-old daughter who is now attending college; thoughts about writing a book about his experience and other related subjects.
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