February 1, 2012 – Berry Gordy Statement on Passing of Don Cornelius
Don was a pioneer, the first to present Soul music to the masses via television. His Soul Train show was an important and timely vehicle that showcased Black talent and their new releases to the public. From his unique Soul Train dances to his brilliant commentary, there are not enough adjectives to describe how important his role was to our society.
There was American Bandstand and Where the Action Is, The Ed Sullivan Show, Hullabaloo, and others, all extremely important to me and Motown and our growth; but Soul Train was our own, and yet it was for everybody.
Don was a wonderful human being and a true friend who loved Motown music. He supported us in every way. I will miss him.
Founder of Motown