soul train lineOne of the best shows to ever be on TV that featured music was Soul Train.

The music variety show that aired in syndication from 1971 until 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, and hip hop artists, although funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists have also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer.

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The origins of Soul Train can be traced to 1965 when WCIU-TV, an upstart UHF station in Chicago, one of the best things about the show it featured the “Soul Train Line,” where dancers form two lines with a space in the middle for dancers to strut down and dance in consecutive order. Rosie Perez, Damita Jo Freeman, Darnell Williams, Carmen Electra, Nick Cannon, MC Hammer, Jermaine Stewart, Heather Hunter, Fred “Rerun” Berry, Laurieann Gibson, Pebbles, and NFL legend Walter Payton were among those who got noticed dancing on the program over the years.

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