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Imagine if Don Cornelius resumed his hosting duties?


I know it sounds impossible but imagine if Don Cornelius made a surprise comeback as host? I believe if that happens the show's format would be changed from Urban Contemporary to Urban Adult Contemporary, targeting an older audience over the age of twenty-five. Secondly he would have past and present guests perform on the set with classic songs and him asking them what are they up to these days. Third, he would incorporate contemporary and classic music on to the set. Fourth, he would have a subway-like set reflecting the reality of the show. And last but not least, RATINGS WOULD GO UP VERY HIGH!!!

Does anyone agree?

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nine5doctor
By the way has anyone have infromation on Donnie Simpson? It's been
a long time since he's been around. I really do miss him.

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nine5doctor
Do you know if BET is going to air that special again? Also where is
Donnie Simpson radio show and does he have an email address or website
that I can write to?

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And making LOTS of money to do it, too.

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nine5doctor
Do you have an email or mailing address that I can write to him?

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I read Donnie was the 1st radio man to earn $1mill.
Bu have u heard the radio show? It sucks now. Donnie is outta touch.

TJMS is better IMO.
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I was born i 81 i started watchind soul train shortly before Don left up until Dorian Gregory host his 1st season.

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I was born in 82 and I started watching Soul Train in like 84-85'because of my older sisters and my Grandad(a very hip old dude). It started going downhill when Mystro Clark became host.

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Don Cornelius was the host of Soul Train from 1971 until 1993 (22 years)

Mystro Clarke replaced Don Cornelius as the host of Soul Train from 1993 to 1994. He was on the show for one season before he was fired by Cornelius.

Shemar Moore was the host of Soul Train from 1994 until 2007. (13 years)


P.S.

Dorian Gregory(the substitute) hosted Soul Train for one episode in 1981. Don Cornelius came back the following week to reclaim his official duties.

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Shemar was not only doing double duty as the host of Soul Train,but was also a regular on "The Young and the Restless". In one episode of Soul Train,I do recall,Shemar Moore brought on some of his co-stars from "The Young and the Restless" to be on Soul Train too,a first to see actors of a popular daytime soap bust some moves on the dance floor,among them Kristoff St. John,
Victoria Rowell,Olivia Lee Williams,not to mention Sharon Case and Don Diamont.

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Oh I would pay to see that! Kristoff and Vic dancing? Say it isn't so! What year was this?






I'm not a Puerto Rican but I'm speakin' so that you know.

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He looked old and out of date 15 years ago when he passed the mic off to revolving guest hosts. Can we just retire the idea of Don coming out of retirement already?

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Yea he was great but the man is in his 70's.

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I disagree completely.

Don Cornelius stopped hosting Soul Train because he wanted to, secondly, unlike Dick Clark, he probably has no wish to be regarded as 'America's Oldest Teenager' constantly appearing on the show until he's too old; third, not being as young as he used to be, and not being able to understand the new music, he let more knowledgeable hosts take over hosting duties. People have to know when to quit, and Mr. Cornelius did so.

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And also...didn't Don sell the "Soul Train" franchise some time ago???

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There are different reasons that suggest why Don stopped hosting (I don't think that there isn't one official reason):
*Don's health (which was a main factor in why he took his own life) was gradually getting worse in that his mind wasn't as fast or sharp as before.

*There was a growing disconnect between the more conservative, middle-aged, and affluent Don Cornelius and the dancers (such as Rosie Perez), who would perform sexually suggestive "East Coast" dance moves. There was also the emerging hip-hop genre, which Don felt did not reflect positively on African-American culture.

*Don was personally hurt by In Living Color's "Old Train" parody involving Kenan Ivory Wayans and company making fun of him and all of the "elderly" dancers.

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While I loved Don Cornelius back in the day, did you see his tribute to the O-Jays on the BET awards last month? That should answer your question. It should would be nice if that could happen though. There will never be anything like Soul Train again. The 70's ruled.

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If Don Cornelius resumed hosting he would ramble incoherently for three minutes about what he ate for lunch and then introduce the song, incorrectly.

"Coming to the stage, Peppermint Coalition [Mint Condition]!"

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Lol! He was bad enough with remembering things in the 70s. Special appearances only please.





I'm not a Puerto Rican but I'm speakin' so that you know.

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Don Cornelius was the host of Soul Train from 1971 until 1993 (22 years)

Mystro Clarke replaced Don Cornelius as the host of Soul Train from 1993 to 1994. He was on the show for one season before he was fired by Cornelius.

Shemar Moore was the host of Soul Train from 1994 until 2007. (13 years)


P.S.

Dorian Gregory(the substitute) hosted Soul Train for one episode in 1981. Don Cornelius came back the following week to reclaim his official duties


You are correct about Don Cornelius but the others are incorrect.

Between 1993-1997 they had guest hosts. Mystro Clark became the host from 1997-1999. Shemar Moore became host from 1999-2003, and Dorian Gregory from 2003-2006.

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What?




I'm not a Puerto Rican but I'm speakin' so that you know.

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"Ladies and gentlemen, coming to tha stage. Put your hands together for.... Peppermint Coalition." HAHAHAH! I love that and have to agree with you, Hershe. But only Don could do that and get away with it. Right?






"You unlock this door with the key of imagination..."

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