History Series / SoulTrain

21st May '17 11:16:28 AM Freezer
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** The original set was more evocative of a "juke joint out by the railroad tracks" theme. Starting in 1972, a more-discotheque themed set was debuted, along with the iconic theme song. The iconic disco ball would appear a few years later.
21st May '17 10:16:32 AM nombretomado
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* RealSongThemeTune: Many people think "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" was written specifically for ''Soul Train''... and actually, it was. In an interview for a VH1 documentary about the show, Cornelius stated that he hired the Philadelphia-based songwriting team of Gamble and Huff to write a song for the show. He liked it, but he was adamant about '''not''' calling the song "Soul Train", so they called it "TSOP" and he approved. Cornelius went on to say that he regretted that move.

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* RealSongThemeTune: Many people think "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" was written specifically for ''Soul Train''... and actually, it was. In an interview for a VH1 Creator/VH1 documentary about the show, Cornelius stated that he hired the Philadelphia-based songwriting team of Gamble and Huff to write a song for the show. He liked it, but he was adamant about '''not''' calling the song "Soul Train", so they called it "TSOP" and he approved. Cornelius went on to say that he regretted that move.
9th Apr '17 9:55:31 AM nombretomado
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Early episodes owed more to ''LaughIn'' than ''AmericanBandstand'' in terms of the show's look and camera work. The pilot in particular had a completely different announcer, and the open showed the musical guests (Gladys Knight & The Pips, David Ruffin, and The Honey Cones) were dancing among the "Soul Train ''Gang''"[[note]]they weren't referred to as "Dancers" until 1975[[/note]] instead of showing short clips of their performances.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Early episodes owed more to ''LaughIn'' ''Series/LaughIn'' than ''AmericanBandstand'' in terms of the show's look and camera work. The pilot in particular had a completely different announcer, and the open showed the musical guests (Gladys Knight & The Pips, David Ruffin, and The Honey Cones) were dancing among the "Soul Train ''Gang''"[[note]]they weren't referred to as "Dancers" until 1975[[/note]] instead of showing short clips of their performances.
24th Mar '16 6:01:53 PM nombretomado
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* CaptainErsatz: On ''TheCosbyShow'', Theo and Cockroach are jazzed to appear on "Dance Mania" and dance with "Tina" (an expy of Cheryl Song)

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* CaptainErsatz: On ''TheCosbyShow'', ''Series/TheCosbyShow'', Theo and Cockroach are jazzed to appear on "Dance Mania" and dance with "Tina" (an expy of Cheryl Song)
20th Mar '16 3:28:56 PM aye_amber
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* LongRunner: Every weekend for 35 years.

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* LongRunner: LongRunners: Every weekend for 35 years.
18th Mar '16 11:25:02 PM Hossmeister
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19th Aug '15 3:23:00 PM twilicorn
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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: During the mid-1970s, a rumor began floating around that Cornelius had died of a drug overdose, prompting him to make an announcement at the beginning of a subsequent episode that he had not died of a drug overdose and his attorneys were trying to find whoever had spread that slander. The interesting thing is that while Cornelius had carefully stated he did not ''die'' of a drug overdose, he never stated that he hadn't used drugs.
** Now HarsherInHindsight since [[AuthorExistenceFailure Cornelius died in 2012.]]

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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: During the mid-1970s, a rumor began floating around that Cornelius had died of a drug overdose, prompting him to make an announcement at the beginning of a subsequent episode that he had not died of a drug overdose and his attorneys were trying to find whoever had spread that slander. The interesting thing is that while Cornelius had carefully stated he did not ''die'' of a drug overdose, he never stated that he hadn't used drugs.
** Now
drugs. Of course, this became HarsherInHindsight since after [[AuthorExistenceFailure Cornelius died for real in 2012.]]
19th Aug '15 3:21:05 PM twilicorn
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''Soul Train'' was a music program in the vein of ''Series/AmericanBandstand'' that ran in first-run {{syndication}} from 1971-2006.

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''Soul Train'' was a music program in the vein of ''Series/AmericanBandstand'' that ran in first-run {{syndication}} FirstRunSyndication from 1971-2006.
16th Nov '14 9:17:19 PM RogueLeader
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* CaptainErsatz: On ''TheCosbyShow'', Theo and Cockroach are jazzed to appear on "Dance Mania" and dance with "Tina" (an expy of Carol Song)

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* CaptainErsatz: On ''TheCosbyShow'', Theo and Cockroach are jazzed to appear on "Dance Mania" and dance with "Tina" (an expy of Carol Cheryl Song)
29th Oct '14 2:02:08 AM RogueLeader
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** LongRunnerCastTurnover: Of course, this is endemic to a show that has probably had thousands of dancers over the years. Even Don Cornelius himself was AWOL for the show's final years. However, many of the show's dancers also count as long runners, many continuing to dance on the show for years even after making it big. The most famous example is fan favorite "the Asian Girl with the Long Hair", Cheryl Song, who was a show regular and dancer for the better part of 14 years or almost half the show's run (1976-1990).

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** LongRunnerCastTurnover: LongRunnerCastTurnover/ RevolvingDoorCasting: Of course, this is endemic to a show that has probably had thousands of dancers over the years. Even Don Cornelius himself was AWOL for the show's final years. However, many of the show's dancers also count as long runners, many continuing to dance on the show for years even after making it big. The most famous example is fan favorite "the Asian Girl with the Long Hair", Cheryl Song, who was a show regular and dancer for the better part of 14 years or almost half the show's run (1976-1990).
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