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Time is money! That’s the best way to describe the “coinage” made from long-running TV shows. These are the programs that are recognizable by two or more generations; yo’ mama and yo mama’s mama have seen ’em. Look at The Simpsons, that cartoon comedy has been on since 1990 — I wouldn’t be surprised if granny stumbled upon Homer on TV and yelled, “Those yellow people are still on the air?!”
Longevity, without a doubt, is a marker of success: People love it, it’s likely a ratings juggernaut, and the network makes a coin off of it. Now, I can sit and babble on about how profitable these shows are, but how ’bout I show you instead — with facts and figures. With a focus on Black programming (after all, this is MadameNoire), let’s dive into the business of long-running TV shows… by the numbers.
The incomparable Patti LaBelle has been captivating the music industry since she first hit the scene more than 50 years ago. Since that moment, she has mesmerized us with her incredible range, soul and passion, while blazing a trail for powerful female contemporary singers like Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera. So as Patti prepares to celebrate her 70th birthday, we figured there was no better tribute than taking a look back at some of this diva’s most incredible performances.
The legendary music and dance show Soul Train is in the news a lot lately. Nelson George’s new book The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style, covering the influences of the program that ran from 1971 to 2006, is well on its way to bestseller status. And now comes word the world that Soul Train may become fodder for Broadway.
Stage and film producer Matthew Weaver has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show, reports The Grio. He’s says he wants to repeat the success he had with his last production, Rock of Ages.
“I’m nervous and I’m humbled and I’m excited,” said Weaver, heads of production firm MediaWeaver Entertainment. “I do think we’re the right people to do it because I think it’s got to have that spirit of ‘Rock of Ages,’ which is part old-fashioned musical but also part party.”
For 35 years people tuned in not only to see popular artists, mainly R&B, perform but also to checkout the fashions of the Soul Train dancers and of course to be up on the latest dances. Everyone from James Brown, to Ike and Tina Turner and Hall & Oates, to Whitney Houston, David Bowie, and Run D.M.C. appeared on the program.
Don Cornelius debuted the show in 1970 in Chicago and served as its host until 1993. Soul Train went into syndication from 1971 until 2006 and branched off an awards show that is still produced. Cornelius committed suicide in 2012.
Weaver, who says while growing up in New York he watched Soul Train every Saturday morning, plans to hire a writer and get music rights.
“To me, that’s the heart of Soul Train — a great story and great characters. The music will be great, the fashion will be great, the ambiance, the vibe. But if you don’t have a good story, none of that means anything,” says Weaver, who also produced such films as We’re the Millers and The Heartbreak Kid. His Rock of Ages is now an international brand, with a film version, three national tours and productions of the show in Las Vegas, London, Australia, Toronto, Japan and South Korea.
Would you like to see Soul Train as a Broadway production?
Channel Erykah Badu crooning back in the day while I take you back to those nostalgic, feel-good times when it seems there really weren’t too many cares in the world. We are the lucky ones, the 70’s and 80’s babies, who can roll back down memory lane when things get too hectic and zero in on a simpler time. Check out these 15 throw-back moments from childhood and early adulthood and see if you can identify.
Remember when Don Cornelius’s gravely voice echoed against the walls of your living room, along with a multitude of solid gold dancers boogying to the latest tunes? You couldn’t wait to recreate the Soul Train line with your siblings, pop locking, snaking and shaking it fast! You didn’t need Dance Dance Revolution and the Michael Jackson Experience on Xbox Live to kick it.
This Black History Month, we celebrate some of pop culture’s most influential movers and shakers who have changed the landscape of the world of entertainment. From the first African-American billionaire to the one of the hardest working men in radio, African-Americans have pioneered various media outlets, some even simultaneously.
Here are only a few of pop culture’s African-American innovators in the areas of music, television and film. We threw in a bonus, above: Michael Jackson. Besides his singing career both with the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist, and his investments across the music industry (including The Beatles portfolio), he invented the moonwalk, a move that continues to mystify and inspire dancers good and bad around the world. Check out this slideshow for more on the late, great MJ.
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R. Kelly is nominated for two awards at this year’s Soul Train Awards, making him the most nominated act ever at the awards show. Kelly is up for the Ashford & Simpson songwriter’s award and album of the year, bringing his career total to 21 nominations. Usher leads this year’s awards with five nominations. Estelle, Nas, Trey Songz and John Legend are also multiple nominees.
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E! News has obtained the graphic autopsy results on “Soul Train” founder Don Cornelius, who died in February at the age of 75.
The documents reaffirm the coroner’s ruling issued then: the cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head which entered through the right temple.
The autopsy report states that Cornelius had suffered an aneurysm about 15 years ago which caused him to develop seizures and “as time went on the decedent’s health continued to decline regardless of his medication.”
It notes that on Feb. 1 at approximately 3 a.m., the 75-year-old “Soul Train” host phoned his son and said, “I don’t know how long I can take this.” Moments later, Cornelius apparently shot himself.
His son later told investigators, “[I] found the back door open and detected the odor of smoke … then found him unresponsive on a chair. 911 was dialed.”
The report, which includes vivid depictions of Don Cornelius’ wounds, reveals that he had been “very depressed about his failing health” for the past six months.
For the complete story as well as a link to the Coroner’s report, visit EurWeb.com.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Before the death of Don Cornelius stirred pangs of “Soul Train” nostalgia in the American public, a group of black entrepreneurs already had begun working to revive Cornelius’ creation and carry it beyond line dances at parties and television reruns.
What, exactly, can be done with “Soul Train,” given that it lasted nearly four decades and is considered an American institution, even though there hasn’t been a new episode in six years? Will the soul of “Soul Train” carry on, or drift into history?
Soul Train Holdings LLC, the entity created by NBA legend and entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson when he bought the “Soul Train” library and brand last year, has a lot of ideas. Among them are bringing a “Soul Train” variety show back to television, CEO Kenard Gibbs told The Associated Press. There have been discussions with writers about taking “Soul Train” to Broadway, Gibbs said, and also in the works are film opportunities, potential book deals and, in 2013, the first “Soul Train” cruise.
Find out what’s next for Soul Train over at theGrio.com.
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If you live in NYC and are a lover of “Soul Train” you may have been on of the thousands of fans that boogied on down Broadway wearing afro wigs and bell bottoms on while recounting your favorite episodes in tribute to Soul Train’s late creator, Don Cornelius.
About 100 dancers descended on Times Square in a “flash mob” organized through the Internet. As startled tourists looked on, they recreated one of the show’s “Soul Train lines” in which people would take turns dancing toward a TV camera while showing off their most outrageous moves.
“Don Cornelius was a big influence in my life, and I just wanted to pay tribute,” said disc jockey Jon Quick, as he held up a speaker blasting disco grooves. “He was playing the music that nobody else wanted to play. He was an amazing man.”
Cornelius, 75, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Wednesday. He had suffered from health problems, a difficult divorce, and had pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor spousal battery charge in 2009.
Has the sad news about Don Cornelius got you thinking about the glory days of Soul Train? I know it has us reminising via YouTube. But no need to search aimlessly. Check out the collection of hip-hop soul performances collated by the editors at HipHopWired to get a dose of the good ol’ times.
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