|Created by||Don Cornelius|
various guest hosts
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. Don Cornelius (born September 27, 1936 in Chicago Illinois) is an African-American television show producer who is best known as the host of Mystro Clark (born December 29, 1966 in Dayton Ohio) was the American host of the syndicated version of the series Soul Train Shemar Franklin Moore (born April 20, 1970) is an Emmy Award -winning American Actor and former male fashion model with Irene Dorian Gregory ( January 26, 1971) is an American Actor most notable for playing Darryl Morris on the Television show The United States of America —commonly referred to as the of episodes||1,117 (as of season 35)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original channel||First-run syndication|
|Original run||October 2, 1971 – present|
|Soul Train homepage Official website|
Soul Train is a long-running, music-related, syndicated television program. This is a list of episodes for the television show Soul Train which aired during the first and ninth seasons (between 1971 and 1979 In Broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast Radio shows and Television shows to multiple individual stations without going through Events 1187 - Siege of Jerusalem: Saladin captures Jerusalem after 88 years of Crusader rule The year 1971 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1971. Soul Train has primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, and hip hop artists, although jazz musicians and gospel singers have also appeared. Soul music is a Music genre that combines Rhythm and blues and Gospel music, originating in the United States. Hip hop music, also referred to as rap music, is a Music genre typically consisting of a rhythmic vocal style called rap which is accompanied with Jazz is an American Musical art form which originated in the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States Gospel music is Music that is written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life as well as (in terms of the varying music styles to The program was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and continues to serve as its executive producer. Don Cornelius (born September 27, 1936 in Chicago Illinois) is an African-American television show producer who is best known as the host of
Soul Train premiered on WCIU-TV in Chicago on August 17, 1970 as a daily program. WCIU-TV is an independent television station, located in Chicago Illinois. Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. Events 986 - A Byzantine army was destroyed in the pass of Trajan's Gate by the Bulgarians under the Comitopuli The year 1970 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1970. Its success attracted the attention of two Chicago-based companies -- the Johnson Products Company (manufacturers of the Afro Sheen line of hair-care products), and Sears, Roebuck and Co. -- who agreed to sponsor the program's expansion into syndication. Sears Roebuck and Company, commonly known as Sears, is an American mid-range chain of International Department stores founded by Richard In Broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast Radio shows and Television shows to multiple individual stations without going through Soul Train began airing in selected cities across the United States, on a weekly basis, on October 2, 1971. Events 1187 - Siege of Jerusalem: Saladin captures Jerusalem after 88 years of Crusader rule The year 1971 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1971. When it moved into syndication, the program's home base was also shifted to Los Angeles, where it remains to the present day. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West Syndication of the program was initially handled by Syndicast Services until 1985, when Tribune Entertainment took over those responsibilities. The year 1985 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1985. Tribune Entertainment was a television production and syndication company owned and operated by Tribune Broadcasting in the mid-1980s
Don Cornelius ended his run as host in 1993, and guest hosts were used from that time until 1997, when comedian Mystro Clark began a two-year stint as host. The year 1993 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1993. The year 1997 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1997. Mystro Clark (born December 29, 1966 in Dayton Ohio) was the American host of the syndicated version of the series Soul Train Clark was replaced by actor Shemar Moore in 1999. Shemar Franklin Moore (born April 20, 1970) is an Emmy Award -winning American Actor and former male fashion model with Irene The year 1999 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1999. In 2003, Moore was succeeded by actor Dorian Gregory, who hosted through 2006. The year 2003 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 2003. Dorian Gregory ( January 26, 1971) is an American Actor most notable for playing Darryl Morris on the Television show The year 2006 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 2006.
The show is known for its animated opening title featuring the popular cartoon train.
As a nod to Soul Train's longevity, the show's opening sequence (during later seasons) contains a claim that it is the "longest-running, first-run, nationally-syndicated program in television history," with over 1,100 episodes produced from the show's debut through the 2005-06 season. The year 2005 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 2005.
Production of first-run episodes was suspended at the conclusion of the 2005-06 season, the show's thirty-fifth. However, Soul Train has not been officially cancelled. Since the 2006-07 season, the program has been airing archived episodes from the 1970s through mid-1980s under the title "The Best of Soul Train", in lieu of new installments. The year 2007 in television involves some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 2007.  The future of Soul Train was placed in further uncertainty with the announced closing of Tribune Entertainment's syndication division on December 18, 2007, leaving Don Cornelius Productions to seek a new distributor for the program. Events 218 BC - Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia - Hannibal 's Carthaginian forces defeat those of the  DCP then secured a deal with Trifecta Entertainment & Media, which also distributes another former Tribune Entertainment series, American Idol Rewind. American Idol, with the full title American Idol The Search for a Superstar for the first season only is an American reality-competition
During the heyday of Soul Train in the 1970s and 1980s, the program was widely influential among younger black Americans, many of whom turned to it not only to hear the latest songs by well-known black artists but also for clues about the latest fashions and dance trends. This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970. The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989. Moreover, for many white Americans in that era who were not living in areas that were racially diverse, Soul Train provided a unique window into black culture. Some commentators have called Soul Train a "black American Bandstand", another long-running program with which Soul Train shares some similarities. American Bandstand was a Television show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989 hosted from 1957 until its final season by Dick Clark
Within the structure of the program, there have been two enduring elements. The first is the "Soul Train Scramble Board", where two dancers are given sixty seconds to unscramble a set of letters which form the name of that show's performer or a famous person in African American history. African Americans or Black Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have origins in any of the black populations of Africa In describing the person's renown, the host concludes with the phrase "whose name you should know".
Near the program's conclusion, there is also the popular "Soul Train Line", in which all the dancers form two lines with a space in the middle for individual dancers to strut down and dance in consecutively. Sometimes, new dance styles or moves are featured or introduced by particular dancers. (This element has become a part of pop culture as partygoers and nightclub patrons often break into a "Soul Train Line". )
In addition, there is an in-studio group of dancers who dance along to the music as it is being performed. Rosie Perez, Carmen Electra, Nick Cannon, MC Hammer, Jermaine Stewart, Fred "Rerun" Berry, Pebbles, and NFL legend Walter Payton were among those who got noticed dancing on the program over the years. Rosa María "Rosie" Pérez (born September 6, 1964) is an Academy Award -nominated American Actress, Dancer, Nicholas Scott "Nick" Cannon (born October 8 1980 is an American Actor and Rapper. MC Hammer (born Stanley Kirk Burrell; March 30, 1962) is an American MC most popular during the late 1980s and early 1990s known for his Jermaine Stewart ( September 7, 1957 — March 17, 1997) was an American pop Singer, best known for his Billboard hits Fred "Rerun" Berry ( March 13, 1951 - October 21, 2003) was an American actor best known for the role of Fred "Rerun" Perri Nixon (formerly known as Pebbles) born Perri Alette McKissack on August 29, 1966, is an American Dance-pop and Urban The National Football League ( NFL) is the largest professional American football league. Walter Jerry Payton (July 25 1954 – November 1 1999 was an American football player who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League Two former dancers, Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel, enjoyed years of success as members of the disco group Shalamar after they were tabbed by Soul Train talent booker/record promoter Dick Griffey to replace the group's original session singers in 1977. Jody Watley (born January 30, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American Singer, Songwriter, Record Jeffrey Daniel Los Angeles, California) is an American Dancer and Singer, most notable for being a member of the soul Shalamar, ˈʃæləmɑːr was an American Music group of the 1970s and 1980s that was originally a Disco -driven Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays
Performers who appear on Soul Train generally lip-sync their songs to its recorded version, though several have chosen to sing their songs live. Lip-sync or Lip-synch (short for lip Synchronization) is a technical term for matching lip movements with voice Each guest usually performs twice on each program; after their first number, they are joined by the program host on-stage for a brief interview.
The show is known for two popular catchphrases: Referring to itself as the "hippest trip in America" at the beginning of the show; and for closing the program with, ". A catch phrase (or catchphrase) is a phrase or expression recognized by its repeated utterance . . We wish you love, peace. . . and SOUL!"
In 1987, Soul Train launched the Soul Train Music Awards, which honors the top performances in R&B, hip-hop, and gospel music (and, in its earlier years, jazz music) from the previous year. See also Musical groups established in 1987 Record labels established in 1987 Events The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show aired in national Television syndication that honors the best in Black Music and Entertainment Soul Train later created two additional annual specials: The Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, first airing in 1995, celebrated top achievements by female performers; and the Soul Train Christmas Starfest, which premiered in 1998, featured holiday music performed by a variety of R&B and gospel artists. The year 1995 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1995. The year 1998 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1998. The Lady of Soul Awards and Christmas Starfest programs last aired in 2006.
The Soul Train Music Awards were most recently held on March 10, 2007. Events 241 BC - First Punic War: Battle of the Aegates Islands - The Romans sink the Carthaginian fleet bringing In April 2008 Don Cornelius announced that year's ceremony had been cancelled. Cornelius cited the three-month-long strike by the Writers Guild of America as one of the reasons, though a main factor may have been the uncertainty surrounding Soul Train's future. The Writers Guild of America is a generic term referring to the joint efforts of two different US labor unions The Writers Guild of America East (WGAE representing Cornelius also announced that a motion picture based on the program is currently in development and could be released theatrically in 2009. 
Besides hosting and producing Soul Train, Don Cornelius also commissioned the show's theme song. When Soul Train first premiered in 1971, a funky instrumental called "Piping Hot" by King Curtis (later redone by The Rimshots) was used as the show's theme. Curtis Ousley ( February 7, 1934 – August 13, 1971) who performed under the name King Curtis, was an American
Then in 1973, the show changed its theme to the well-known "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)", recorded by Philadelphia soul studio group MFSB, with vocals by the Three Degrees. This article is for the song for the record label see TSOP Records "T For the American arena football team see Philadelphia Soul. Philadelphia (or Philly soul, sometimes called the Philadelphia Sound or Sweet Philly MFSB (short for "Mother Father Sister Brother") was a pool of more than thirty resident Studio musicians based at Philadelphia’s famed The Three Degrees are a female Philly soul and Disco vocal Musical group formed in 1963 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Released as a single, this song became a pop and R&B radio hit in 1973. Events January-February January 9 - Mick Jagger 's request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug bust putting an abrupt end Soul Train used "TSOP" until 1975. Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
In 1975, the show's in-house group The Soul Train Gang came up with "Soul Train '75" which was later released as a single for the newly formed Soul Train Records. In the early 1970s the dancers on Don Cornelius ' hit television program Soul Train were called the Soul Train Gang. When Soul Train creator Don Cornelius & his partner Dick Griffrey launched Soul Train Records in 1975 they had one smashing group of their own called This theme was only used for the 1975-1976 season.
From 1976 to 1978, Soul Train used another theme from the Soul Train Gang called "Soul Train '76 (Get on Board)".
In 1978, a new theme was introduced: "Soul Train '78", produced by the Hollywood Disco Jazz Band and sung by The Waters, was used until the middle half of the 1979-1980 season when it switched to "Up on Soul Train" , first sung by The Waters, and after several episodes into the season by the Whispers , in 1980. The Whispers are a long-established R&B / dance vocal group from Los Angeles, California, with a consistent track Events January January 1 - The year starts off with a strong Disco backlash which causes the majority of musicians to abandon the use of real instruments
For several seasons beginning in 1983, the program switched to another theme created by R&B artist O'Bryan. The year 1983 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1983. O'Bryan McCoy Burnette Jr ( born to O’Bryan and Glenice Burnette at Pender County Memorial Hospital in Burgaw North Carolina on December 5, 1961) began This lesser-known theme to the program, "Soul Train's a Comin'" , had a funkier beat and a stronger bass line.
In 1987, George Duke composed the first remake of "TSOP", known as "TSOP '87", and Duke also remixed the theme into a newer version ("TSOP '89") in 1989. See also Musical groups established in 1987 Record labels established in 1987 Events George Duke (born 12 January, 1946 in San Rafael California) is a piano and Synthesizer pioneer and singer This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1989
"Soul Train '93" (You Know You Want to Dance)" performed by the rap group Naughty by Nature with a saxophone solo by Everette Harp, was introduced in 1993. Naughty by Nature is a Grammy Award -winning American Hip hop group that at the time of its formation in 1989 consisted of Treach, Vin Rock and Everette Harp (born August 17, 1961) in Houston Texas Harp is an African American Blues, Jazz and Gospel Saxophonist This is a summary of significant events in music in 1993. Events January
More recently, another updated version of "TSOP", "TSOP 2000", has been used. However, at the beginning of the second half, "You Know You Want to Dance" is still used.