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"Soul Train - Seventies Fun (The TV Show)"

Which is your favorite show on TV today? Some might argue that a series like The Big Bang Theory deserve a mention.
Others would say that America's Got Talent is still one of the best reality shows around. However, do you still remember the
Soul Train? It is one show that was the favorite of any seventies kid, and as they would tell you, different than most other
shows of today. What Made the Soul Train Special? There are some movies or TV shows which make a special place in the hearts of people and are remembered for a very long
time. One such TV show is Soul Train, which ruled the hearts of people of America from the October 1971 to March 2006.
This, of course, is a very long time for any TV show to continuously entertain its audience. Soul Train was an American TV show of music-dance and was first aired on 2nd October 1971. Then, after creating a long
history of 35 years, it went off the air on 27th March 2006. This show mainly featured the performances by soul, R&B, hip-hop
and dance/pop artists. Though jazz, funk, gospel and disco artists were also the performers, Soul Train stood out on its own.
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Soul Train too left a mark of its own in the minds of the fans. Don Cornelius created this series, and he also was the executive
producer and first host of this TV show. Influence Some commentators called this program the "black American Bandstand." Bandstand was another program running for a long
time and Soul Train shared some similarities with it. Cornelius acknowledged that Bandstand was a model for his TV program
and as the time passed, Soul Train became a tradition of its own. To directly compete with the Soul Train, the producer of Bandstand, Dick Clark, launched the show Soul Unlimited. Unfortunately,
this fell into controversies for its noticeable racial overtures. Later, Cornelius and Clark worked together on a network specials'
series that featured soul and R&B artists. Program Elements Inside this program's structure, two long-lasting elements were there. The first one was "Soul Train Scramble Board," where 2
dancers were given sixty seconds for unscrambling some letters which formed the name of a performer of that show or a
famous person in the African-American history. For providing the hint about that person, the host used to conclude their
description using the phrase "whose name you should know." The other one was "Soul Train Line," a 1950s-fad's variant then famous as The Stroll. In it, all dancers used to form 2 lines
having a space in the middle for the dancers to swagger down and dance in a consecutive manner. Originally, a couple used
to be there in this format with the women on one side and men on another. Later, women and men used to create their own
individual lines. Some particular dancers used to feature or introduce new dance moves or styles. It sure has been a while since we saw something like the Soul Train, and we do hope that the show makes a come back to our
TV screens sooner than later!
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