Maybe you'll be telling your age if you can remember the days where Donnie Simpson's green eyes smiled out at you as you happily watched BET's Video Soul in eager anticipation. In those days, BET was not as notorious as it is now as a playground for tomfoolery but, rather, it was a cultural mainstay where you could keep in the know about your favorite R&B and Soul acts. Simpson, pretty-boy handsome and just-as-nice-as-you-could-get personality was the liaison for us into the world of good ole Soul music. Already, a radio personality by then on Cathy Hughes' WKYS radio station in Washington, DC, Simpson was basically a cultural icon.
Fast forward more than 20 years later, and we still have love for Donnie. He hasn't been as visible on television, but, instead, a morning show personality for the radio station WPGC in the District. While the Washington Post reports this morning that Donnie will be saying good-bye to WPGC this Friday, with a contractual restriction that limits his ability to work at another radio station for the next year, we can only hope that this will not be the last we see (or hear) from Mr. Green Eyes. Check out this classic flashback of Donnie Simpson as host of Video Soul with the legendary Phyllis Hyman.