Don Cornelius has passed away due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head earlier this week. His suicide leaves a tragic void in the hearts of many people and with the launch of ‘Soul Train,’ his imapct on music and society’s image of African-Americans in general was hard to overstate. Growing up in the Netherlands without any first or even sencond hand experience of Soul Train it’s hard for me to put in words what it exactly meant though. Instead of penning down obligatory hollow phrases, I’d rather point you to some excellent tributes found elsewhere online. Here are five great posts to the man that paved the way for much of the music we enjoy today.