Rest In Peace, Don Cornelius

 

Don Cornelius, creator and longtime host of the iconic Soul Train show, passed away early this morning at the age of 75. Airing from 1970 to 2006, Soul Train went down in history as the longest running nationally syndicated program.

Having created the first major platform for Black entertainers and music in American households, Don’s contributions are truly immortalized – he will not be forgotten.

Classic Soul Train videos with Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, & the Soul Train dancers after the jump

Rest In Peace, Sylvia Robinson

 

Sylvia Robinson passed away this morning at the age of 75. The singer/songwriter, label owner, and “mother of hip-hop” Initially received acclaim for her racy 1973 single “Pillow Talk.” In 1979, Robsinson went on to form Sugar Hill Records with her husband.

The label brought about the legendary Sugar Hill Gang and their seminal hip-hop classic “Rapper’s Delight,” which became the first commercially successful rap song. Sylvia’s vocal talents weren’t forgotten either, with the likes of Moby and J Dilla sampling her soulful tunes.

Thank you for helping pave the way for so many after you, Sylvia. Rest in peace.

DJ Mehdi Has Passed Away

 

A great young talent has passed.

34-year old producer DJ Mehdi has passed away. According to French news outlets, he reportedly fell from a roof at his home last night.

Signed to Ed Banger records, Mehdi had released many solo works and also collaborated with some great artists, including MC Solarr, Daft Punk, Cassius, Carol King, and Chromeo.

Very tragic news. He’ll be sadly missed.

Nick Ashford Passes at 70

 

Nick Ashford of songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson passed away last night in a New York City hospital. Him and his wife, Valerie Simpson, penned and produced hits for many of Motown’s largest acts. Nearly all of the ’60′s hits for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell were the work of Ashford & Simpson, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.” The couple was inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

Nick Ashford’s contribution to R&B and soul music won’t be forgotten. Take a listen below to his biggest solo hit with Simpson, “Solid.” After the jump, you’ll find a few more timeless tunes to reminisce to.

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More Ashford & Simpson classics after the jump