Yesterday, Don Cornelius, creator of Soul Train, passed away at the age of 75. R.I.P. Don, and thank you for giving my generation some of the best childhood memories and music programming of the ’70s and ’80s.
Some of you may also remember the lady with the majestic mane who was the first Asian American dancer on Soul Train (and was on the show for 14 consecutive years). Her name is Cheryl Song, and in addition to bringing the funk and the unbelievably dazzling outfits to Soul Train, she was a dancer in Rick James’ “Superfreak” video and apparently helped Michael Jackson work out The Moonwalk.
Just try to watch the following montage without repeatedly shouting “YES GIRL!” at your screen.
Cheryl now works for the Federal Air Marshall Service at LAX. Get down with your bad self Cheryl Song, and to Don Cornelius: in parting, we wish you love, peace, and soul.