Last weekend I used playlists to celebrate the career of Don Cornelius, the groundbreaking founder and longtime host of Soul Train, after his untimely death. By many accounts, the Don was a difficult human being, but a passionate music fan who brought so much black music to the mainstream for the first time. I tried to pick musicians that DC either hosted on the show, or would have if he’d been hosting the show in the ’90s and ’00s. Enjoy!
A Peace Of Light 1:50 The Roots How I Got Over
Ain’t No Sunshine 2:03 Bill Withers Best Of Bill Withers: Lean On Me
Everybody Is a Star 3:57 Kamikaze Ground Crew Postcards from the Highwire
Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved [Mono] 7:06 James Brown In The Jungle Groove Tightrope (feat. Big Boi) 4:49 Janelle Monáe Archandroid
Spank-A-Lee 7:12 Herbie Hancock Thrust
Superstition 4:26 Stevie Wonder Talking Book
Starfish And Coffee 2:51 Prince Sign O’ The Times (Disc 1)
Lighten Up 2:46 Beastie Boys The In Sound From Way Out!
Tell Me Something Good 4:40 Chaka Khan & Rufus The Very Best of Rufus
Better By the Pound Me’Shell Ndegéocello Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape
The Root 6:33 D’Angelo Voodoo
Downtime 5:22 Robert Glasper Trio Double Booked
I’ll Be There 6:34 Ron Miles Blossom
Betcha By Golly, Wow 5:19 Pat Metheny What’s It All About Jazz
One Day I’ll Fly Away 4:19 Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden Jasmine