Soul Train is an American music variety show that was aired in syndication from 1971-2006. The show primarily featured performances by hip hop, soul and R&B artists, although gospel, disco and jazz artists have also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius below,
The origins of Soul Train can be traced back to 1965 when an upstart UHF station in Chicago WCIU-TV, began airing two youth-oriented dance programs. Red Hot and Blues which featured mostly African American studio dancers, and Kiddie-a-Go-Go.
Don Cornelius a backup disc jockey and news reader at WVON, a Chicago radio station, was hired by WCIU in 1967 as a sports and news reporter. Cornelius at the time was also emceeing and promoting a touring series of concerts featuring local talent, at high schools in the Chicago area. Calling his traveling shows "The Soul Train." WCIU-TV took notice of Cornelius's traveling caravan of shows, and in 1970 gave him the opportunity to bring his road show to television.
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