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I remember waking up Saturday mornings, grabbing a bowl of cereal and rushing to the television.  Most kids my age were racing to the TV to see the Saturday morning cartoons…..but not me.  I was in a rush to get my weekly dose of soul….”Soul Train” that is.  Very few television series were as innovative, influential and cool as “Soul Train”.  Unlike so many shows today, it was set in Chicago (although it eventually moved to L.A).  After August 17, 1970, the world of music would never be the same thanks to radio and television personality Don Cornelius.  Once the popular dance show planted its feet in L.A. it skyrocketed nationally and secured its place in our musical past, present and future.

To celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary, VH1 Rock Docs and Soul Train present “Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America,” a monumental 90-minute documentary celebrating the show’s impact on pop culture, music, dance and fashion. As an added bonus the film  features a rare interview with Don C. in which he reveals exclusive details regarding the launch and early days of the legendary series.

Before ending the hippest train ride ever in 2006, “Soul Train” gave fans of soul music a sneak peak into African American music and culture.  No show has ever had as much impact on our culture as “Soul Train”.  Many try to emulate but none has ever come close.  Don Cornelius created something special, something rare, something so raw yet smooth.  He and “Soul Train” are the epitome of cool.  Sayings like, “A groove that will make you move real smooth,” and “Wishing you Love, Peace, and Soul!” are apart of American culture.

“Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America” which will premiere on Friday, Feb. 5th @ 9pm is narrated by  Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow) and features an original score by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots. The documentary includes performances and moments from the show, as well as behind-the-scene stories from the people who lived the “Soul Train” movement, including the cast, crew, and dancers. In addition, popular musicians (Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Snoop Dogg, Aretha Franklin), Sly Stone’s first exclusive documentary interview in years, comics (Cedric “The Entertainer,” Nick Cannon), music industry executives (L.A. Reid, Clive Davis, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff) and actors of yesterday and today will comment on growing up with the show and will share their stories of how “Soul Train” affected their own lives.

This is a nice way to celebrate the series that planted the seed for the love that many of us have of music.