Don Cornelius and Dick Clark had us learning new dance moves beyond shake, rattle and roll.
Soul Train and American Bandstand set styles, pop culture trends, and introduced new artists to teens of all ages! I owe my f-i-n-e dance skills to Soul Train while my neighbor says he collected 45s for artists appearing on American Bandstand. My friend Nancy remembered Madonna's performance on Clark's show, one of her first television appearances.
Here are a few of my favorite performers appearing on Soul Train:
- Etta James
- Ohio Players (hit Fire is on several film soundtracks)
- Patti Austin (songs Baby Come To Me and So Amazing, plus her tribute album For Ella)
The Village People
- Marvin Gaye (Get on the wait list for his greatest hits or check out his live performance dvd.)
- The Jacksons (Destiny originally released in 1978)
- Barry White
- Earth, Wind & Fire
...and so many more!
The dance lane is open! Who are your favorite performers from either show?
I am a big Creedence Clearwater on American Bandstand when I was a teen, maybe '68 or '69.
Thanks! The Library has two dvds which may interest you: the Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show and Ed Sullivan's Rock'N Roll
Classics which features performances by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Youtube also has some great performances too!
both shows really did teach the world how to dance. I will i was born when they first came out. May dick clark & don cornelius R.I.P.