Soul Train History Book: The Top 12 Live Soul Train Performances

2016 marks the 45th anniversary of when Soul Train aired nationally. To commemorate this milestone, every month this year’s Soul Train History Book will take a look back at the top 12 live performances ever presented on Soul Train.

#12 Ike & Tina Turner

Although the majority of the performances on Soul Train were lip-synched (and there were of course many great lip-synched performances on the program), we want to focus on the rare times when artists performed live, whether vocally or with a band.

Ike and Tina Turner on Soul TrainIke and Tina Turner came to the June 1972 Soul Train taping with their band and the Ikettes, and they had the television studio rocking! They performed their rendition of Sly & the Family Stone’s “I Want to Take You Higher” and Tina’s solo number “Feel Good,” both of which were great live performances. But when they performed “Proud Mary,” they exerted a level of energy that had never been exhibited on Soul Train before. From Tina and the Ikettes’ kinetic dancing, to Ike and the band’s tight musicianship coupled with Tina’s fiery vocals, this was one top notch live performance.

—Stephen McMillian

Journalist, actor, filmmaker, dancer, performer, writer, poet, historian and choreographer. That’s Stephen McMillian.

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