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KillgoreTrout On February - 4 - 2012

SoulTrain was the creation of a now American icon, Don Cornelius. Don Cornelius, regrettably left us all this past week. He created an Afro-American version of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, giving many young Afro-American artists their big break in the music business.

This weekend’s music thread is a tribute to Don, SoulTrain and the many artists that flourished after appearing on this landmark television show. Take your pick, Motown, R&B, Soul or Funk, or all of the above.


At the end of each show Don Cornelius would say goodnight with these words… “…and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace… and SOUL!”

Categories: Music Thread

Written by KillgoreTrout

Once a wander, working vagabond, fellow traveler on this 3rd stone from the sun. Hurtling through space and time. Lover of books (especially the classics), all kinds of books from novels, poetry, essay collections, fiction and nonfiction and a big Kurt Vonnegut fan. I am a secular humanist and technically an atheist.....Taoist.

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  1. SueInCa says:

    The Gap Band -- Early in the Morning

    O’Jays -- Used to be my Girl

    Donna Summer Soul Train = I feel Love


    HappyFeet = Boogie Wonderland

  2. SueInCa says:

    This is representative of when I watched Soul Train

    Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now -- McFadden and Whitehead

    And The Beat Goes On = The Whispers

    Second Time Around = Shalamar

  3. LFer says:

    Come to think of it, the male vocal bands were fun too.

    Smokey Robinson and The Miracles -- The Tracks Of My Tears

  4. LFer says:

    A couple more oldies by The Chiffons.

    The Chiffons -- Sweet Talking Guy

    The Chiffons -- One Fine Day

  5. LFer says:

    In case anybody cares, today’s Superbowl was a close game. It came down to the last play. In honor of that and because it’s my favorite version of this song.

    Diana Ross and the Supremes -- You Keep Me Hangin On

  6. LFer says:

    Here is another Soul predecessor. I have a soft spot for these old female vocal bands.

    The Marvelettes -- Please Mr. Postman

    • SueInCa says:


      I gambled with the ladies that now make up the Marvelettes in Reno one night. What a great group of ladies. We played slots for 2 or 3 hours.

  7. foodchain says:

    Hi KT, great idea and a lot of favorites here. Here’s a few more. I can’t say best or more best but I’ve saved ELton and Al, Soul Train and Soul School.

    dobie Gray ” Drift Away”

    Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”

    Gladys Night (at Chicago’s SouthSide!) “Midnight Train to Georgia”

    She’s too early but I do love her--Dionne Warwick, “Walk on By”

    GO FIGURE THE WHITE GUY: Elton John performing on SOUL TRAIN. “Benny and the Jets,

    AND Al Green, “I’m So Tired of Being Alone”

    I always like and look at Weekend Music. Always a great memory or education!

  8. LFer says:

    There’s a lot of great music in this thread already. I wish I had more time this weekend. I grew up in Detroit in the ’60s. I think the Motown Sound is in my DNA.

  9. LFer says:

    Here are a couple that predate the Soul sound.

    The Chiffons -- He’s So Fine

    The Shirelles -- I Met Him On A Sunday

  10. LFer says:

    I might be drifting a little off topic with this one but since “Tighten Up” is in the starter for this thread…

    The Nazz -- Loosen Up

  11. LFer says:

    War -- Slippin’ Into Darkness

    War -- The Cisco Kid

    War -- Low Rider

  12. LFer says:

    The Parliaments -- I Wanna Testify

  13. LFer says:

    Chambers Brothers -- Time Has Come Today

  14. AdLib says:

    Where Did Our Love Go -- The Supremes

    Rock the Boat -- Hues Corporation

    Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay -- Otis Redding

    I Heard it Through the Grapevine -- Marvin Gaye

    Superstition -- Stevie Wonder

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