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The Forgotten Soul Train Music Show with the longest Run in Syndication History

Soul Train was an American musical variety show that aired in syndication from October 2, 1971, to March 27, 2006. During its 35-year history, the show primarily featured R&B, soul, dance/pop, country, and hip-hop artists, although funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists also performed. Its first host and executive producer were Don Cornelius, who also created the series.

A rerun package under the moniker ‘The Best of Soul Train’ aired for two years following the 2005–2006 season. To acknowledge Soul Train’s longevity, the show’s opening sequences claimed that it had been broadcast nationally for almost one hundred episodes since its debut through 2005-2006. After a production hiatus, Soul Train held that title until 2016, when Entertainment Tonight surpassed it after its 35th season. In 2018, ‘Wheel of Fortune’ surpassed that mark among non-news programs. Since 2016, ViacomCBS has acquired the Soul Train brand, library, and associated events, such as the Soul Train Music Awards and cruises.

Check out these vintage photos to see the best moments of the 1970s Soul Train.

#1 Ike & Tina Turner, aired: April 22, 1972

Ike & Tina Turner, aired: April 22, 1972

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#2 The Sylvers, aired: September 22, 1973

The Sylvers, aired: September 22, 1973

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#3 The Jackson 5, aired: October 27, 1973

The Jackson 5, aired: October 27, 1973

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#4 Marvin Gaye, aired: February 16, 1974

Marvin Gaye, aired: February 16, 1974

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#5 Sylvia Robinson and The Moments, aired: May 11, 1974

Sylvia Robinson and The Moments, aired: May 11, 1974

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#6 Billy Preston, aired: September 7, 1974

Billy Preston, aired: September 7, 1974

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#7 LaBelle, aired: December 7, 1974

LaBelle, aired: December 7, 1974

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#8 Chaka Khan, aired: February 15, 1975

Chaka Khan, aired: February 15, 1975

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#9 BB King, James Brown and Bobby “Blue” Bland, aired: March 15, 1975

BB King, James Brown and Bobby “Blue” Bland, aired: March 15, 1975

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#10 Donna Summer, aired: March 20, 1976

Donna Summer, aired: March 20, 1976

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Written by Jacob Aberto

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