Don Cornelius has been remembered with the words “Love. Peace. and Soul” since his untimely death Wednesday. R&B artists from Ginuwine to Patti Labelle and Mariah Carey to John Legend have paid tribute via Twitter and other social media platforms.
See some of their messages with fond memories of Cornelius and Soul Train below:
Cornelius died Wednesday. He was 75.
Patti Labelle: “Simply a genius, and the contributions he made to music and our culture are second to none. I will always treasure the fond memories I have of working with Don over the years and being part of the history that he created through Soul Train. He will truly be missed and my heart and prayers go out to his family.”
Aretha Franklin: “It’s just so sad, stunning and downright shocking … a huge and momentous loss to the African-American community and the world at large”
Jackson Brothers: Tito, Jackie and Marlon: “A transformative figure in music and television. Behind his baritone and graciousness lurked a revolutionary who completely changed the way black performers were included on broadcast TV. We owe a tremendous debt to Don, and our prayers are with his family. We will never forget him.”
Mariah Carey: R.I.P. Mr. Don Cornelius. His historic contribution to our lives will never be forgotten
Raheem DeVaughn: On the 1st day of Black History Month I wanna Say RIP to Soul brotha Don Cornelius thank you for all you contributed to BLACK MUSIC.
Ginuwine: “Don Cornelius — Someone who paved the way for black music I still remember my first time on soul train. What an experience.”
John Legend: “Soul Train’ was a big influence on me as I grew up watching his show every Saturday. I performed one of my first songs on his show. And I’ve always loved performing at the Soul Train Awards. It’s a very sad day for me. He will be missed.”
Marsha Ambrosius: I remember thinking I’d ‘made it’ after performing on Soul Train. Career moment I’ll never forget. Rest in Love Peace & Soul Don Cornelius.
Keri Hilson: Black music never looked so good. R.I.P. Don Cornelius.
Mya: Condolences to the family, friends+ associates of Don Cornelius. So grateful 4 his decades of innovative contribution to black music. R.I.P.
Keyshia Cole: Sorry to hear Don Cornelius has passed. My 1st And 2nd EVER TV performances were “Soul Train’ And “Soul Train Awards”! Thank U. God bless you.