The legendary music series Soul Train is back – on DVD.
Time-Life has acquired the DVD rights to the Soul Train Library, which it plans to release on home video. The material features artists such as The O’Jays, The Temptations, Al Green, and The Jacksons.
Material featuring The Jacksons and specifically Michael Jackson is hot right now, on the heels of Mr. Jackson’s untimely death on June 25. A memorial service was held today for Mr. Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Michael Jackson received a Humanitarian Award during The Soul Train Music Awards in 1993 and performed Dangerous (while sitting in a chair because of an injury.)
Soul Train started as a local show on WCIU-TV in 1970 and went on to national syndication, becoming one of the longest-running syndicated shows in history. The program ran 35 years, ending its run in 2006 (reruns aired until September 2008.) A book detailing Soul Train’s Chicago origins was released last fall titled A Critical History of Soul Train on Television, written by Chris Lehman.