How this wonderful show changed history is American culture changed when Don Cornelius who started the show Soul Train brought black artists on who have gone on to become major stars in the music world. Soul Train has a significant part in the lives of African-Americans since it got its start as a local television show in Chicago. The history of Soul Train started around 1965 when WCIU-TV was an up and coming UHF station and its founder Don Cornelius was a stand-in disc jockey and a news anchor at WVON. Don Cornelius was doing a lot of record hops which was popular among Chicago area high-school age teens from the 50s through the early 70s when schools held dances.
Lets see how much you know about soul trains creater Don Cornlius.
1. Where's Don From?
He was born on September 27, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois.
2. Officer Cornelius
Don Cornelius was a police officer before he became the man we all know him to be today.
3. The Salesman, DJ and News Anchor
If you thought him being a cop was strange, his next 3 jobs were all part of different industries until he found his true calling.
Cornelius used $400 he saved up and created a pilot for Soul Train, which was named after a promotional event he put together in 1969.
5. Love, Peace and Soullllllll!
Cornelius launched 'Soul Train' as a live TV dance and music show in Chicago in 1970. It was one of the first TV shows to feature African-Americans prominently and was syndicated nationally from 1971 to 2006.
6. How Long Did Soul Train Run?
The Show ran for 27 years when it lost its distribution in December of 2007.
7. Handing Out Awards
The Soul Train Music Awards, which honor the best in black music and entertainment, were created in 1987 and are broadcast annually on the BET TV channel. The first hosts of the awards show were Dionne Warwick and LL Cool J.
8. Soul Train Line
Contrary to popular belief, Cornelius did make it down the Soul Train line once to get his groove on.
9. How long did he host it?
He hosted the show for 22 consecutive seasons from the beginning until 1992. After that he passed over the reigns to various hosts while he did behind the scenes work.
10. Soul Train The Movie?
Before his death, Cornelius repeatedly spoke about coming out with a movie about the show but was never able to complete it. We are sure someone will take the reigns to bring to the big screen a show that so deserves the spotlight for its impact on all of America