A pop music dance show with an African-American focus.
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Since 1971, "Soul Train" has been the "American Bandstand" of the African-American community. Even today, "Soul Train" continues to be the showcase of urban artists and their chart-topping singles. The program also continues to be the place for beautiful dancers and their dance moves, though the dance and the dancers' attire are a bit more risque due to the changing times. Written by Tim Traylor <Sundown305@yahoo.com>

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The series began as a local daily dance program on WCIU-TV (Channel 26) in Chicago on 17 August 1970, with Jerry Butler, The Chi-Lites and The Emotions as guests on the premiere edition. The success of the local version led to the start of the nationally-syndicated version on 2 October 1971; however, the local version continued to run (with Don Cornelius passing hosting duties of that version on to one of its dancers, Clinton Ghent), with original episodes being produced through 1976, and repeats airing until 1979. See more »

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Worked on Soul Train in the 80's
3 August 2008 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

In the 80's I worked on Soul Train, Dance Fever, Solid Gold and American Bandstand. Soul Train was my favorite. I experienced a variety people and music for the six years I was there. You wouldn't believe what people would do and say to try and get into the building. Everything from Don's my uncle he must have forgot I was coming today...to the personal favors offered if we would let them in.

Don Cornelius was someone to look up to, I think he is a Vulcan, his emotions were always in check and I admired that.

The dancers in the 80's were good and a lot of them were professional people. I don't mean professional dancers; they had jobs in the varied professions like a producer, administrative assistant, actor, singer and more. Most of the dancers back then were friends and they did the show because they enjoyed it for the show and the people and of course the exposure.

The music was better in the 80's and it varied and it definitely was a lot more entertaining.

So I say no one can replace Don and they should let the Train die an honorable death or bring it back like it was in the 70's and 80's


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