- The 80s??!! Are you kidding? Soul Train is the epitome of the 70s, debuted October 1971.
- R1, I think OP mean the specific episode s/he was watching was from the 80s, not the series itself.
- I LOVED that show as a kid!
- It''s the SOOOUUUUUUUUUUL TRAIN! %0D\
"...and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace... and SOUL!"
Brought to you by Afro-Sheen!
- I watched it as a kid too. Back then the afros, platform shoes, bell bottoms were in style.
- In Soul Train''s heyday, its dancers easily outmoved the kids from American Bandstand or any other music show. And those early 70''s Afros are to die for! Not to mention the all-too tight pants that the male soul singers wore back then.
- Soul Train Scramble Board!
- Another thing about Soul Train was when certain groups and artists like Mel & Tim, the Moments, Faith, Hope & Charity, the Soul Generation, Sylvia ( Pillow Talk ), and countless others could go on there without appearing on American Bandstand. A lot of the artists, groups, and bands who were not crossover could go on Soul Train and not feel the pressure.
- I always liked soul train more than american bandstand.
- VH1 had a great documentary about it. The revelation was some of the live performances especially Al Green and Teddy P.
- And I think - correct me if I''m wrong, dear friends - that the acts on Soul Train did not lip synch their hits, unlike that sterile AB.
- Yep, R10. It was the first decent thing I''ve seen on VH1 in years.
OK, I did watch the Lil'' Wayne Story--so sue me
- Fascinating to see the results of Big Gulps and Supersize meals have had in only 40 years
- No they did in fact lipsync but some of the acts sang live. Don C. admits that those were some of the best moments on the show. I stress how fucking hot Al Green was though. Saw him later in life after he had found Jesus but had never seen him pre-grits attack. He was smokin
- [quote] Ray Parker, Jr. is singing "I''m in love with the other women". \
I remember that being on the radio in ''82. Loved his sexy growl.
- R15, I loved that song, too. Off to iTunes now, I guess ...
- [quote]I stress how fucking hot Al Green was though. %0D\
- Fierce queen alert at 1:37.
- The Isley Brothers played live one time when they were on the show.
- Is Don Cornelius gay?
- I don''t think so, r20.
- I''ve heard that Don C is gay and on the DL. Didn''t he beat up his wife?
- I saw a commercial for Soul Train on DVD. Too bad it''s not for the whole entire series..
- I loved this show, and in the pre-1984 period before MTV added black acts to its rotation, was about it for R&B on the tube. MTV took a lot of criticism for their whitebread rock, leading to a major love affair with Michael Jackson''s videos.\
Cornelius always seemed to have a gram or two of coke lodged in his nose, adding to the funkiness.
Curtis Mayfield fan
- He certainly did, r24.
- Here''s another video from the earlier seasons of Soul Train. The Isley Brothers lip synching to their song called "Lay Away."
- The Asian chick with the long hair was named Cheryl (believe it or not). She was originally on AB, but left it to become one of the "platform dancers" on ST. \
The "platform" was where you danced if you were considered one of the featured dancers. The only time the platform dancers weren''t on the platforms was when there was a singer or group on stage.\
However, the way that ST taped its shows, the acts appeared on one day, and the dance segments were taped on another day. It was confusing, because you never knew which outfit would appear on which show. This is why sometimes the dancers appear to be wearing different garments on the same programs.
- Thanks for posting these videos. Great memories.\
As someone else pointed out, people were much smaller back then.
- Most of the dancing was great, but if you watch enough Soul Train, there really was some horrible dancing, which was pretty funny.\
The fashions were great, and its fun to play spot the queen while watching old episodes. There was once a male dancer in a skirt who strode right in front of the camera. Lol. Love it.
- I loved Soul Train. Hands down. It was a lot better than American Bandstand was in the 1970''s.
- Taking Michael Jackson out of the equation, African-American pop music reached its all-time peak in the seventies. Earth, Wind and Fire, The Isley''s, Chic, Stevie Wonder, and then: RAP.\
You have to wonder where we would be now if hiphop and rap had never happened. All that talent just went down the drain. \
In my college days Soul Train came on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m., and I ALWAYS got up to watch it, hungover or not. It was the best part of my weekend.
- Speaking of Stevie Wonder, I want to see "Lottery Ticket" just because it has "Sir Duke" in the commercials. %0D\
Takes me back ... that song was everywhere in the summer of ''77. Remember when radio was good?
- You could probably just download the song, R32.
- Here''s the O''Jays and "Love Train" from 1973.\
There''s the late "ReRun" Berry at 1''07" before he went on to "What''s Happening "?\
( back when what looks like a 38" waist was an oddity not an average size )
- Here is War playing live on Soul Train.
- Mavis staples :Trippin on your love.\
- I enjoy catching the reruns, but it doesn''t seem to be any kind of chronological order in the rerun schedule. Is it just to provide variety of musical styles/acts?
Too young to have seen the first two decades of ST
- Oh yeah! For many years back in the seventies and eighties, Soul Train was a staple of my Saturday morning TV watching. My favorite segment was the %C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9CSpotlight Dance%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9D in which the best of the ST dancers got to do a short solo and really show off some great moves. It was positively inspiring.\
Don Cornelius used to crack me up the way he was so %C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9Ccool and laid back%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9D that he seemed practically catatonic. I remember when he%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99d do a short interview with the featured groups, and would always start out by saying, %C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9CWhy don%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99t you introduce yourselves?%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9D It was like he was so cool and laid back that he couldn%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99t even summon the effort it would have taken to read their names off a cue card.
- Warner Bros. is producing a movie around Soul Train and Don. He had Wendy Williams banned from some event after she blasted him for wanting to leave the drugs and alleged DL homosex out of the movie. So the movie will pretty much suck once it comes out. \
Was Don always slightly bitchy?
- Don Cornelius had it going on back then.
- Don was always a sharp dresser, I seem to remember he loved wearing purple and yellow together. Next to him Dick Clark looked like Wonder Bread.
- It sounds like Don doesn''t want to tarnish the "Soul Train" legacy with drug use and homosexuality, r39.
- I taped on ST for one''s weekend worth of programs. \
Most, if not all, of the guys on the show were gay. There might have been a few str8 guys there, but they were definitely in the minority, and they probably had "experimented."\
Coke is what everyone was doing during breaks between taping. \
In fact, the only time in my life I ever did coke, it was at an ST taping.\
So, Don Cornelius sucks.
- I think that long-haired Asian dancer was in the movie Xanadu.
- Here''s another video of the Soul Train dancers on the Soul Train line dancing to the O''Jays song called "Put Your Hands Together."
- [quote]Coke is what everyone%0D\
was doing during breaks%0D\
Maybe that answers the upthread comments on the ST dancers'' slimness?
- Yep, r46.
- Here''s a clip of the Temptations doing "Superstar" on Soul Train.
- Speaking of rap
- Don and Mary Wilson dancing
- Loved that show so much! Still love watching it on reruns.
- Rosie Perez eating up the Soul Train line. \
I think this qualifies for over the top diva moments.
- Labelle doing Lady Marmalade in 1974. This is awesome! Does anyone know who the white boy playing the bass is?
- omg r54, Patti has not changed in 35 years! (well her nose)\
I dont know who the white boy is but he sure is cute.\
This is one my favorites, Janet''s dancers were hot hot hot.
- Rosie Perez clip was great; was she a regular on the show?
- Janet was great but does she ever sing live?
- R54 I''m pretty sure the bass player is Manolo (Manny) Yanes,\
He''s in his early 50s now of course, and still playing.
- The mighty Al Green -
- The Lockers with Rerun, Jimmy "Scooby Doo" Foster, Tony Basil and Shabadoo -
- Thanks for that Al Green video.
- The Soul Train Dancers dancing to Curtis Mayfield''s "Get Down."
- Thank you so much R58! I wondered if that is who it was!
- Enjoying this thread but I would love some ST gossip.
- LOVE Al Green!!!\
Check out his threads in this clip. Even the semi-comatose Don Cornelius can''t help expressing his admiration. LOL!
- Here is Mandrill Playing live on Soul Train from 1973.
- Teena Marie doing "Ohh La La La" from 1988. Teena was one of very few white artists to appear on Soul Train.
- The Sylvers doing one of their earlier songs on Soul Train. The song was called "Wish That I Could Talk To You."
- Boogaloo Shrimp.%0D\
Was Cheryl with the long hair also in "Beat It?" I think she''s the woman who the blonde guy grabbed by the hair and kissed before going off to beat it.
- Was there bad blood between Don Cornelius and Dick Griffey during the earlier years of Soul Train? They were business partners.
- Question for R58: The Labelle video is from 1974. That would have made Manny Yanes about 16 or 17 at that time I think. Do you still think that is him playing bass on the Lady Marmalade Soul Train performance? I know he has played alot with Patti Labelle after she became a solo act. Also it looks like a different make of bass that the bass player was playing in 1974 then what he endorses now. Thanks!
- Yes, that is Cheryl, at about one minute into the video.
- The late Michael Jackson in 1975 lip synching to "One Day In Your Life" on Soul Train.
- Hey R71 R58 here,\
I assumed the bass player was Yanes because I think he was the only "white boy" bassist used by LaBelle back in the ''70s.\
All her other bassists.. Allen Toussaint (although more often the arranger rather than a player),Chris Severin, Cole,George Porter Jr. were all "brothers".\
I''m a classical studio musician ''cellist not so much in the R&B Soul loop so I am only speculating through the process of elimination.\
Although Yanes endorses other instruments (Dean) ,the bass player on the Soul Train vid plays a Rickenbacker 4001.\
You''re not the only one who is curious as to his identity. \
The Rickenbacker bass fans also have some interesting things to say about the 1974 Lady Marmalade Soul Train episode.
- Here is Kurtis Blow from 1980 rapping "The Breaks" on Soul Train.
- Rosie Perez really danced with her teeth, didn''t she?
- Thanks again R58!
- [quote]You have to wonder where we would be now if hiphop and rap had never happened. All that talent just went down the drain\
Gods yes! 70s R&B was, for me, the peak of music. Guitars, bass, horns, pianos, and people who could actually SING! I loved that music. Sad that it''s gone, to be replaced by.... ugh, can''t even say it.
- Although there is some great stuff now, I agree the 70s was the best. Miss that time!
- Here''s a clip of the Soul Train dancers dancing to the music of Rufus Thomas.
- I''m sure when Soul Train first came on the air, Dick Clark must have crapped in his pants because Don Cornelius gave the Black audience a show they could really watch.
- My friend, Anthony Sabatino, was the Art Director for SOUL TRAIN. He loved working for the show, and much of the look & feel of the song & dance numbers came out of his demented, gay brain.
- Thanks for the link, Billy Boy.
- Here is the Honey Cone lip synching to "Want Ads" on Soul Train.
- Most white kids I knew (me included) prefered Soul Train to AB anyway. I loved Soul Train and still love watching reruns. Its timeless to me. AB was ok and I would watch for the guest stars.
- Thanks for the info, r86.
- The late Marvin Gaye being interviewed by Don Cornelius on Soul Train in the early 1970''s.
- Amazing how close to the performers the audience is standing in those clips. Does this happen any more?
- No it doesn''t happen like that anymore, r89.
- The S.O.S. Band on Soul Train way back in 1980.
- What memories. A culture, a generation (or two) of music, recording artists, dancing, and even fashion. Thanks to the late Don Cornelius for this unforgettable, historical, and longest-running music program.
Over 1,100 original episodes and 35 seasons. The best names in the recording industry appeared on this show, and many of them owe their success to having been seen on Soul Train.
Who could ever forget the dancers, or the fashions they wore? My favorite time was the few years that disco music merged with traditional R&B and soul (e.g., around 1978 - 1980). Those were the best shows. Seeing those lovely young women dancing in their shiny spandex pants. (Example: watch the video clip of the group "Chic" during Season 9, Episode 16.)
And how many people remember the Hollywood actress Rosie Perez? Yes, in her younger years she was a Soul Train dancer. She looked so beautiful in her outfits.
Too bad BounceTV doesn't have the rights to air every show in the Soul Train series, i.e., all 1,100-plus episodes from 1971 to 2006.
- It is still too bad that Don Cornelius has passed on. Soul Train was his baby.