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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.
In 1985, WGN's syndication wing, Chicago based Tribune Entertainment, took over Soul Train's syndication contract; the series continued distribution through Tribune for the rest of its original run. At the end of the 22nd season on June 26, 1993 Don Cornelius ended his run as host of the show, but still remained the show's main creative force behind the scenes. Soul Train began using various guests hosts weekly the following fall until comedian Mystro Clark began a two-year stint. Clark was then replaced by actor Shemar Moore in 1999, and in 2003, Moore was succeeded by actor Dorian Gregory, who hosted through 2006.
Comedian Mystro Clark
Actor Shemar Moore
Dorian Gregory On The Left
At the conclusion of the 2005-06 season, production of first run episodes was suspended, the show's 35th through several episodes were produced for a 36th season that never aired. Instead the program aired archived episodes all from 1974-1987 for two seasons starting in 2006-07 titled The Best Of Soul Train. Due to the fact that in recent years Nielsen ratings dropped to below 1.0; however interest in the series was revived due to the classic episodes that received a mostly positive response. Also some of the stations that used to air Soul Train on Saturday afternoons started placing the show in their middle of the night time slots. Due to the announced closing of Tribune Entertainment's syndication division the future of Soul Train was uncertain, this lead Don Cornelius Productions to seek for a new distributor for the program. A deal was soon secured with Trifecta Entertainment & Media.
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