VH1 To Premiere 'Hip' Look at Soul TrainThursday, January 07, 2010
Set to premiere Friday, February 5 on VH1, 'Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America" takes a hard look at the series credited with launching and aiding the careers of some of music's top acts including the Jackson 5.
Narrated by Howard, with an original score from 'Questlove,' the forthcoming documentary is also due to feature memorable performances and moments from the show, as well as behind-the-scene stories from the people who lived the "Soul Train" movement, including the cast, crew, and dancers. In addition, popular musicians (Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Snoop Dogg, Aretha Franklin), Sly Stone's first exclusive documentary interview in years, comics (Cedric "The Entertainer," Nick Cannon), music industry executives (L.A. Reid, Clive Davis, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff) and actors of yesterday and today will comment on growing up with the show and will share their stories of how "Soul Train" affected their own lives.
From 1970-2006, "Soul Train" offered a window into African American music and culture, and its charismatic host, Don Cornelius, was the man responsible for a new era in African American expression. A trained journalist, Don created a media empire that provided an outlet for record labels and advertisers to reach a new generation of music fans. He was and still is one of the first African Americans to own his own show. As the epitome of cool, many of his expressions entered the popular American lexicon: "A groove that will make you move real smooth," and "Wishing you Love, Peace, and Soul!"
'Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America' premieres Friday, February 5 at 9pm only on VH1.