It seems at the moment with every passing week there is news of yet another soul legend’s passing and unfortunately last week was no different.
Don Cornelius was the producer and long time presenter of the legendary tv show “Soul Train” from its inception in ’71 right up until 1993. What started out originally as a small broadcast became a nationwide hit and was the vehicle for which many of soul music’s greatest artists showcased their unique talents. Everyone who was anyone in soul music enjoyed guest appearances on the show including James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson to name a few.
Apart from the fantastic array of guests on display, Soul Train was also well-known for it’s “Soul Train Line” where the audience formed 2 lines and dancers strutted along showing off the latest moves (and quite often the latest fashions) to the sound of one of the soul hits of the time.
This week’s selection features one of those artists whose songs were regularly used as the backdrop to the line dance – Curtis Mayfield. As I’m sure many of you are aware of the great man, there’s little to be gained by me giving you a biography about him, and if you don’t know of him – go buy a book or dvd to educate yourself!!
R.I.P. Brother Don – music tv shows will never be the same again..