October 1971, I was in full music mode. Just about ready to start the live music scene, but with a part-time job, I was able to spend virtually all of my money on 45s and albums.
By that time, the 60s music shows like Shindig and Hullabaloo were gone and Midnight Special had not yet arrived. There was American Bandstand...and then came the vision of Don Cornelius known as "Soul Train."
It didn't matter if you were black or white, it was music on TV. Back then there was not a lot of choices, so any music was devoured and savored. Then, there were the dancers...actually it was all about the dancers. The Soul Train line was more than kids showing off their moves, it was a mainstay of cultural influence for years.
Don Cornelius died yesterday, and while many of us had not thought of him in years...it is important to think of him today and remember.
"Now when you're feelin' low and the fish won't bite
You need a little bit o' soul to put you right."
I don't know if the Music Explosion ever appeared on Soul Train, but I can't think of a better song than this to honor Don.
A wonderful treasure from the past:
"A Little Bit O' Soul."
If your feet ain't tappin', baby you're dead.