In Memoriam — 10 Essential Soul Shots From The Soul Train Era

When the Saturday morning cartoons drifted from relevance, we always had Don Cornelius, the host of Soul Train. His voice had a resonance from another world. Soul Train was the American Bandstand for Soul Music. From humble beginnings on WCIU in Chicago to world domination, Soul Train remains an instantly recognizable touchstone for music that lives forever.

Staple Singers-Respect Yourself. Released the year that Soul Train debuted. Don’t miss Mavis at this year’s Chicago Blues Festival. There have been so many times that I’ve played songs on this list on the air and said, “As relevant today as the day it was released.”

James Brown-It’s Too Funky In Here. Actually, not possible. The Godfather from 1979. Local music trivia: The Nicholas Tremulus Orchestra used to do a monster version of this in the ’80’s.

The Isley Brothers-Climbing the Ladder. You want to talk guitar solos? Share this with a friend who can handle the funk.

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