The Founder of the soul train line dancers is dead. Yes Don Cornelius is dead of apparent suicide. Soul Train the famous television Music dance show featuring classic soul and disco inspired a generation of youth and teens in black america and was a major influence on pop music and dance. soultrain was the hippest trip show and it's soul train line dancers were the most imitated by black and white youth. Black music dance would never be the same. The famous pop music show featured singers like Aretha Franklin,Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Jackson 5. The entertaining african american dance show which won many awards ,ran from 1971 to 2006. It watched by most american youth in the 70s and 80s. The Soul train awards is a big event annually.