Donald Cortez “Don” Cornelius

Donald Cortez “Don” Cornelius (September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012)
Aan American television show host and producer who was best known as the creator of the nationally syndicated dance and music franchise Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971 until 1993. Eventually Cornelius sold the show to MadVision Entertainment in 2008.
Besides his smooth and deep voice and afro (which slowly shrunk over the years as hairstyle tastes changed), Cornelius was best known for the catchphrase that he used to close the show: “… and you can bet your last money, it’s all gonna be a stone gas, honey! I’m Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!” After Cornelius’s departure, it was shortened to “…and as always, we wish you love, peace and soul!” and was used through the most recent new episodes in 2006. Another introductory phrase he often used was: “We got another sound comin’ out of Philly that’s a sho ‘nough dilly”.

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