As a child of the 70’s, Soul Train was very much a part of my childhood. I can remember running home from school to watch Soul Train on our black and white TV in the kitchen on WCIU-TV Chicago in its beginnings. It was very much a part of my Saturdays once it moved to Los Angeles as well. You remembered the dance moves, the clothes, the Soul Train line, the hair and Afro Sheen. We all wanted big Afros, bell bottom pants, and platform shoes. I had a small ‘fro while my older brother had a nice one.
Many performers got their big breaks on Soul Train. I can even remember Elton John singing “Benny and The Jets” and Minnie Riperton singing “Loving You.” Soul Train is very much a part of my history and culture. I attended my high school class reunion last summer and danced on the Soul Train line!
I took the photo above at the Soul Train 40th Anniversary Celebration exhibit in Downtown Chicago.
Thank you, Don Cornelius, for all you brought to the world of music! Peace, love, and SOOOOOOULLLLLL!