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.