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Soul Train History Book: Richard Pryor Hosts Soul Train

Way before Soul Train began having regular guest hosts in the fall of 1993 after Don Cornelius stepped down as host, the program had its very first special guest host 40 years ago: The legendary comedian, Richard Pryor. Pryor and […]

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Soul Train History Book: Herbie Hancock

By the late sixties and early seventies, jazz music was considered something for an older crowd of people, but a new twist in this revered

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Soul Train History Book: Soul Train Makes a Wish Come True

One of the most moving and heartfelt moments in Soul Train’s history had nothing to do with music or a recording artist, but with

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Soul Train History Book: The Ohio Players

Funk music was at its zenith in the seventies, and one group that epitomized funk was The Ohio Players. Hailing from Dayton, OH, the group—comprised at

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Soul Train History Book: Barry White & Isaac Hayes

With June being Black Music Month, I can’t think of a better subject for this month’s edition of the Soul Train History Book than to

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Soul Train History Book: Dennis Coffey

It had been documented that the first white artist to appear on Soul Train was Gino Vanelli, but that’s not accurate. The first white artist

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Soul Train History Book: Marvin Gaye

Thirty years ago on April 1, 1984, the music world lost one of the most talented, revered and beloved musical artists of any era: “the

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Soul Train History Book: B.B. King

[caption id="attachment_24845" align="aligncenter" width="300"] BB King (L), Bobby "Blue" Bland (R) performing on Soul Train, episode 134 aired 3/29/1975.[/caption]

Over the years, Soul Train

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Soul Train History Book: Johnny Mathis

When the Soul Train Gang heard Johnny Mathis was going to be a guest on the January 19, 1974 taping of the program, some of

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Soul Train History Book Presents: Chaka Khan

“Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Chaka Khan. Chaka Khan. Chaka Khan.” Those lines were memorably rapped by rapper Melle Mel in the 1984 hit “I Feel For You.” Indeed, many

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