Soul Train

Season 1 Episode 1

Gladys Knight & the Pips/ Eddie Kendricks/ The Honey Cone/ Bobby Hutton

Aired Saturday Oct 02, 1971 on
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Gladys Knight & the Pips/ Eddie Kendricks/ The Honey Cone/ Bobby Hutton

Gladys Knight and the Pips performed "Friendship Train" and "I Don't Wanna Do Wrong."
Eddie Kendricks performed "It's So Hard for Me to Say Goodbye" and "I Did It All For You."
The Honey Cone performed "Stick-Up" and "Want Ads."
Bobby Hutton performed "You're My Only Reason."


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    • In Chicago, the episode aired October 30, 1971 on WBBM, channel 2. (This marked the Chicago premiere of the syndicated Soul Train.) On January 1, 1977, the syndicated series moved to WGN, channel 9.

      Meanwhile, the local Chicago version of Soul Train was broadcast on WCIU channel 26. WCIU aired the local series during its entire run. It premiered on August 17, 1970 as a 1-hour Monday-Friday series. Then, in June 1976, it became a Friday-only show, with a "Best of..." edition airing on Saturdays. The final Chicago ST aired on July 27, 1979.

    • Along with the theme songs, the Soul Train set itself went through major changes: The first set was train station-styled, complete with train tracks with various cities on the tracks itself, railroad crossing signs and the large title letters against the wall of the studio. This was used for the first two seasons of Soul Train.

    • The opening sequence of "Soul Train" was an animated stick figur train going down cartoon tracks and puffs up the logo. This is seen in the movie Crooklyn as the kids watch the Train on TV.

    • The pilot episode strangely did not have a Soul Train Line nor a Scramble Board. However, they did have segment called the "Soul Train Replay Machine" where a couple got to see themselves dancing in slow motion. There was also a Dance Contest.

    • King Curtis' "Hot Potatoes" is the very first theme used to open over 35 years of Love, Peace and Soul.

      It is also known as "Soul Train" with the Rimshots.