Soul Train was a music themed show from Chicago that had it’s premiere run in 1970 and continued for 35 years to be one of the longest running syndicated tv shows. It featured soul, hip hop, r & b, funk, jazz and gospel artists, and captured some incredible performances. Here are a handful.
1. Gladys Knight & The Pips “Midnight Train To Georgia”. Classic tune that somehow manages to capture both feelings of loss, sadness with some hope and redemption, at least that’s how I hear it.
2. Minnie Ripertonperforms “Loving You”. A classic song that has been re-mixed and re-done into almost a million different formats, including House, Techno, Trance and Drum N Bass. Here is the original, in a live performance. Sweet. Click here for the Squareface Jungle version.
3. Kurtis Blow performs “The Breaks” on Soul Train. One of the true originators of hip hop, and the first one to get a major record deal. Here is a great chance to catch a live performance of early hip hop in it’s purest form.
But despite these iconic performances perhaps the best part of the show is the line dance portion, where people just got down to the music.
4. Soul Train Line Dance to The O’Jays “Love Train”. This one’s guaranteed to perk anyone up. Good times.