Don Cornelius Remembered

Written by J.Monkey. Posted in Gumbo, Ya Heard?!?!

Published on February 03, 2012 with No Comments


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.

The gift of Don Cornelius, ‘Soul Train’ genius [



1982 was when Jaap van der Doelen aka J.Monkey shot his way out his mom dukes. A mere two years later he was already battling Big Brother and The Illuminati. Whenever he has time to spare from those efforts he writes (about music, mostly), hosts a radio show and designs graphics for a living. He lives in The Netherlands where he continues to be winning.

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