Soul Train: Teaching Dorky White Kids How to Groove Since 1970

soul trainIf you’re near a radio, tune into “Tell Me More” with Michelle Martin at 2 p.m. for a flashback of  “Peace, Love and Sooouul” and at 4 p.m. “All Things Considered” will also feature a story about the upcoming documentary ‘Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America’ set to air on VH1 Friday at 9 p.m. (ET). Soul Tain turns 40 this year (technically the show ended in 2006 and long standing host, creator and hip cat Don Cornelius sold the show to MadVision Entertainment who formed Soul Train Holdings.) Narrator Terrence Howard will give viewers the behind the scenes story of, ”Soul Train, [sic] the longest running, first -run, nationally syndicated program in television history. During its 37 year run, the show featured such staples as the Soul Train line and performers as important and diverse as Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson and Beyoncé,” the web site says. But it was more than that. “The innovative show’s August 17, 1970, debut was bracketed on one side by the civil rights movement and on the other by the emergence of black empowerment,” writes Gail Mitchell at Reuters. The show was an archive of some of America’s greatest music talents but the real performers were always the dancers to me and the soul train line. Regular people and some would-be stars who donned their best clothes and grooved and mugged for cameras. I remember watching the show as a kid amazed at not only the clothes (I was in rural Texas where fashion wasn’t hip) but the dance moves (square dancing and the two step were my examples). I had never seen afros in my town or hip shaking or booty pops. It was like I stepped into another, much cooler world every Saturday morning through my TV. “The long-running show popularized nearly every dance craze, (Funky Chicken. Funky Penguin. The Robot. Locking. Vogueing. Popping.) still rearing their funky heads in some form or another, in the ’70s and ’80s. Soul Train taught a two-left-footed, rhythmless nation how to groove,” writes Siran Babayan at the LA Weekly. I will be DVRing this show. Ohhh yeah. Get on board. The Soouull train. Choo.Choo. <–dorky white girl move–>blogger  now grooving to classic “Love Train” by the O’Jays on Soul Train.

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Chick Talk Dallas is the hatchling of Joanna Cattanach, a former Dallas Morning News staff writer/news assistant. A graduate of Baylor University, she currently works as a freelance writer and writing instructor in the Dallas area where she, her husband and baby son call home. Follow her on twitter.com/ChickTalkDallas.
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One Response to Soul Train: Teaching Dorky White Kids How to Groove Since 1970

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