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But Cornelius never let preaching get in the way of “Soul Train’s” hipness _ or of his own.

Standing by Mary Wilson of the Supremes on another edition, he displayed a slim black suit that flared into bellbottoms, a grey shirt with white polka dots, and a huge afro.

“What do you do for kicks?” he asked Wilson, who mentioned bowling as one hobby, but said how much she wanted to dance with Cornelius on “Soul Train.”

“You can dance with me,” Cornelius replied. “But not on television.”

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Music Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody and Television Writer David Bauder contributed to this report.