| Feb 1, 2012
| 4:17 PM
At the height of its popularity, "Soul Train" felt like a religion in Baltimore.
The Saturday daytime show hosted by the late Don Cornelius was not to be missed — like church or the early seasons of "Saturday Night Live," according to Tim Watts,...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 10:44 PM
Bobby Womack, the revered “poet” of soul music for his prowess as a songwriter as well as singer and guitarist, died Friday at 70.
Representatives of Womack’s label, XL Recordings, confirmed the death. The cause wasn’t...
| Jun 29, 2014
Neal Sabin knows a hit television series when he sees it.
Not the one-hit wonders, or this season's sensation, but the shows that endure for viewing after viewing, year after year.
Now in his 20th year at Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting, a small,...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 11:59 AM
"Soul Train" is on track for Broadway, it was announced today.
The producer Matthew Weaver said he had acquired the first-class stage rights from Soul Train Holdings, LLC, to the musical TV show, which was created in Chicago in 1970 by the late Don...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 12:29 PM
At its artistic peak in the early '70s, "Soul Train" may have been the most aesthetically triumphant program in television history. With exquisite camera work showcasing the creative, kinetic energy of impossibly fashionable Los Angeles teenagers reacting...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Wide lapels and afros. Metallic jumpsuits and headbands. Baggy pants and fades. The weekly dance and music show "Soul Train" had it all over its 37-year run, launching the careers of countless black artists and proving that America was indeed ready for...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 12:41 PM
Bobby Womack picks up the phone, and speaks what’s on his mind in a voice made of gravel.
“I know a lot of people who are not here anymore,” the R&B great says, “and I wonder why I’m still here. … Not a day goes by...
| Feb 2, 2012
The idea was simple — but groundbreaking: Create a live showcase for black music, modeled on "American Bandstand."
Don Cornelius pulled $400 from his own pocket to launch the dance show on a local Chicago TV station in 1970. As host and executive...
| Sep 2, 2011
"Soul Train." the televised house that Don Cornelius built on a bedrock of soul, funk and ahead-of-their time dance moves, will celebrate its 40th anniversary Monday in concert at Pritzer Pavilion in Millennium Park.
Chicago soul greats Jerry Butler, the...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 6:58 PM
Don Cornelius, who died Wednesday at 75, was a civil rights pioneer disguised as a dance-music-show host. He used to sign off the “Soul Train” show he founded in Chicago by wishing his viewers “love, peace and soul,” and devoted...
| Jun 12, 2012
Two years after a $6 million jobs grant from the state jump-started construction on its new building, the Museum of Broadcast Communications has a lot to show for it: 18,000 square feet of television and radio exhibits, recordings and memorabilia that...
| Sep 4, 2010
| 4:35 PM
Approximately 35 years after their creative apogees, names like James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone, Barry White and Aretha Franklin exist as almost afterthoughts. Their legendary status is so secure as to be taken for granted. Their...