Wednesday, February 1, 2012

R.I.P. Don Cornelius

The master promoter of Motown died today from a self-inflicted gun wound.  I recently saw a special on Don and Soul Train on VH1 and it brought back a lot of fond memories of those days.  I would find it hard to believe that anyone born in the late 1950's or 1960's did not turn on Soul Train at least for a few minutes every Saturday in order to check out the outrageous fashion and dancing and to hear the latest funky music (c'mon man, we all had bell-bottom jeans and ugly shirts).  Every huge disco/Motown star in the 1970's performed live on Soul Train, including Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five, Aretha Franklin and James Brown.  I really miss the 1970's in many respects - at least this country still had a chance back then:


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    1. I guess he had some demons he couldn't get rid of. It's sad.

  2. Yep, Don Cornelius was kinda cool, though I was more into the likes of Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, and Pink Floyd. Beatles too, but they were from the 60's; never cared much for McCartney solo in the 70's, excepting for "Ram".

    The top two things I would love to forget about the 1970's are disco, and those utterly silly platform shoes for men. I wonder how many needlessly broken ankles they created; unfortunately I cannot forget either one. Other items I would love to forget from that era are Jimmy Carter, his daughter Amy, and his brother Billy, along with double-knit, polyester slacks, quadraphonic stereos, eight-tracks, pet rocks, jacked-up six cylinder Camaros, and mood rings. Yet other forgettable items from the 70's are CB radios, the spoiled brat Patty Hearst, together with "Cinq" and their idiotic SLA, not to mention streaking, and of course the ever-annoying, over-promoted, talentless creature called Charo.

    Perhaps a few TIA's, or a massive stroke, will deliver me from above odious memories, though with my luck, I'd probably still remember all that, and only forget how lovely Anne Lockhart was on Battlestar Galactica!