I wish I could just vortex back to the eighties so I can experience the feeling when Soul Train came on television every Saturday afternoon. It’s kinda similar to how I feel today when I reminisce on how my anxiety levels were on ten Sunday through Friday. I couldn’t wait to see who was performing each week, and every time Don Cornelious announced who’s on the show, he never disappointed me. Soul Train was one of those shows that made us proud. As people of color, we didn’t get a lot of love in the world of televised disco, of course, until Soul Train hit the airwaves.
Not only did we look forward to the performances, we looked forward to seeing our favorite featured dancers, the fashions, and the latest dance moves. Don was the coolest host ever and his ultra-suave presence alone was undeniable at 6’4″. He wished us love, peace, and soul every week and I’m convinced he meant it with his waving finger gesture and his hop step! Soul Train was one of the many topics of discussion in class Monday mornings and was considered the catalyst for urban television in syndication.
I just HAD to share one of my favorite parts of the show; it’s the part of the show that set it off for every black family function in America. From weddings to birthday parties, The Soul train Line was that quintessential activity that always brought us joy, lots of laughter and fun while doing what we do best…DANCE.
This is one of my favorites because every part of this gave me all kinds of life, from the removable prom skirt, fringes, extra pelvic action, the white girl with rhythm, cumber buns, theatrics and stage props, MJ wannabes, and Eddie Murphy clones!! Just see for yourself!
Read the history of Soul Train here.