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Exclusive: Don Cornelius & The First Taping Of Soul Train | American Soul

November 9, 2019

TheSoul Train!All right, ready camera two,
take two. ANNOUNCER:Soul Train,
the hippest trip in America. 60 nonstop minutes
over the tracks of your mind. Today’s guest:
Gladys Knight & the Pips, Honey Cone and special guest Eddie Kendricks
and the Soul Train Gang. Now, here’s your host,
Don Cornelius. You’re just in time for
the first trip onSoul Train.If the sound of soul
is your pleasure, then what’s your treasure? You can bet your bottom
we got them, baby. After a message
from Johnson Products, three talented sisters are gonna
look you dead in your eyes, -where your beauty lies.
-BENNY: And, we’re out. We’re back in ten. All right, guys, back up,
back up. Let the boss through. Oh, no, no, no. Benny, wait,
wait, wait, wait. Let it go. ♪ ♪ I like it. ♪ ♪ Tell Tessa to add
this line dance thing they’re doing to the set. ♪ You wanted to be it ♪ Soul Train Line. ♪ But chasing boys
was just a fad… ♪ And tell Tessa that I want
the best for the board. BENNY:
Yes, Mr. Cornelius. TESSA: Unit A, stage left,
B on the right. It’s real, guys.
Don’t hold back. ♪ You’re doing
the same old thing ♪ I’m so nervous,
I don’t know what to do. (chuckles) Nerves are good.
It means you’re ready. That shirt has seen
better days, though. -Oh, you don’t like it?
-The question is, do you like it? There’s a stash
in the back, come on. -It’s almost showtime, let’s…
-It’ll take two minutes. Come on. (music continues faintly) Easy on the makeup, Pammy.
Natural, not glam. Gotcha. Oh. -Now this is cute.
-(scoffs) You don’t think
it’s a little skimpy? (clicks tongue) No, makes you
look like the star you are. Try that on.
I’m-a go find a belt. ♪ Isaac said he kissed you ♪ ♪ Beneath the apple tree ♪ Kendall, you all right? I don’t think I am, Miss Tessa. Good as you dance, I wouldn’t
let a little nerves get to me. Only a few million people
will be watching. Millions? For real? Flo? (clicks tongue) Somebody help me! Some people live
their entire lives and never get a chance
like this. Enjoy it. -I will.
-Good. And I need my best
on the Scramble Board. For serious? Segment six, you and Simone. But first, let me introduce you
to the world. Places, people.
Make Mommy proud. Hey, Flo. Have you seen my sister? Um, I think she went
to go tinkle? BENNY:
And we’re back. Quiet on set, quiet on set. All right, here we go. Five, four, three… -(applause)
-Look out, it’s The Honey Cone. Sho’ nuff rack ’em back
and that ain’t fiction, baby. It’s a natural fact. (“Want Ads” by Honey Cone plays) ♪ Wanted, young man… ♪ Benny, I don’t want dancers
in my shot during the intro. Yes, sir. I’ll reset the marks. ♪ Experience in love preferred ♪ ♪ But we’ll accept ♪ ♪ A young trainee ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ I’m gonna put it
in the want ads ♪ ♪ I need a love that’s true ♪ Don. This is Frank Asher of TWA. Tyler Hodge,
Corning Kitchenware. And Mr. Dave Bryant. He’s from Coke. (Pammy giggling) Girl, this is the craziest thing
I’ve ever been part of. Glad you guys could come by. -Hope it won’t be the last time.
-Hey, I’ll tell you what, this is amazing. I mean, just as Brooks promised.Bandstandfor coloreds. First time ever. And look at that. It’s just a sea of blackness. ♪ This girl’s in misery ♪ ♪ Gonna put it in the want ads ♪ ♪ Ha, somebody rescue me… ♪ Man, don’t you just love it? -Brooks.
-Yes, sir? Take care of these boys. Uh-huh. Anything they want. Aye aye, captain.
What do you say we -get another drink, huh, boys?
-Hey, I’ll drink to that. Sure could use another scotch. ♪ Never by my side ♪ ♪ He’s either playing cards ♪ ♪ Or drinking at the bar ♪ (faintly):
♪ He thinks that I’m a fool ♪ ♪ I’m going
to the evening news ♪ ♪ Gonna put it in… ♪ Tessa. We need the dancers
in place for the Scramble Board. Anyone got eyes
on Kendall and Simone? Fresh and I can handle
the board. Okay. Benny. Flo and Fresh
got the board. -All right.
-Come on. (grunts softly) Somebody please get me
out of here– hello? Simone, what are you doing… I’m gonna kill that scag. ♪ The love machine ♪ ♪ When you turnin’ me on ♪ ♪ Ooh, yeah, ooh… ♪ What’s wrong with you
locking me in that room? Girl, if you don’t
get out of my face before I stomp a mudhole -in your ass…
-I’d like to see you try. -Do it.
-What’s all this about? -(overlapping arguing)
-Cut. No, no, no, Rob. We don’t cut. SIMONE:
She took me in the back and tried to lock me
in the closet. FLO: If she got stuck in there,
that’s on her. (arguing continues) Hey! Hey! Hey! What the hell is going on here? I don’t know where
you think you are, but this ain’t the hood;
you don’t rumble on my set. -Flo tried to lock me in…
-I don’t give a damn what she tried to do. Every time that camera stops,
it costs me $1,000. Do either of you have $1,000? You make a mistake,
you keep dancing. You break an ankle,
you keep dancing. I don’t care if you have to piss
your pants, you keep dancing. We will cut around it,
are we clear? Are we clear?! -Yes.
-Yes, sir.
-Yes, Mr. Cornelius. Good. Take it from the top. BENNY:
And we’re back. Cue the music. (music resumes)


  • Reply simplydeep1985 February 8, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    well i'm glad don layed down the law

  • Reply David Richardson February 8, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Great first two episodes. My only gripe is I wish they made the Soul Train set much larger just like they did on the original show. Simone wanted all the smoke. Can't wait for next Tuesday.

  • Reply Elaine Anderson February 8, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Skimpy this must be generational. My mom said thisnword to me about my clothes.

  • Reply kim stringer February 8, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    It was really good.

  • Reply Carolyn Bratton February 8, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    I personally thought show was a bit slow and not highly interesting.

  • Reply Shaman The Gamer February 9, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Boyd is that you?

  • Reply Ravi Pappu February 9, 2019 at 2:42 am

    RIP Don

  • Reply kevseb66 February 9, 2019 at 4:01 am

    I watched the premiere on Tues. night. It wasn't bad.I wasn't blown away but not bad. I do plan to watch the whole series. Don C. Had a smoldering mysterious quality about him that some how isn't being captured. The whole feel of the project is lacking an authentic 70s vibe. It feels like a play or something. I wanted to be transported back to that era . I don't think they worked hard enough to capture a true 70s feeling.

  • Reply WILLIAM FORE February 9, 2019 at 5:53 am

    BET has tooooooooo many damm commercials

  • Reply Rachael Bluee February 9, 2019 at 5:55 am

    Hmmm, 🤔 I just might have to catch up on the episodes I missed….

  • Reply WILLIAM FORE February 9, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Only one of the PIPS had a large natural.

  • Reply Marcel 3 February 9, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Why was Flo jealous?

  • Reply Jason Voorhees February 9, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    I love this series I can’t wait for the other episodes

  • Reply Plant Plants February 9, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    The look on them whiteboy faces at the end lol they couldn't comprehend The Juice Don was brewing up,they couldn't believe he knew who he was( GOD). I have to find time to watch this weekend.

  • Reply Claire Kincaid February 9, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    This is awesome I grew up on soul train wouldn't miss a Saturday and the guy who plays Don Cornelius does a wonderful job and all the others this shows get 10 star for me

  • Reply Shaheeda Abdullah February 10, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Damn Don! I didn't you could get down like that!

  • Reply Sheila Patterson February 10, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Wow..Don really struggle in his mind t o where he belong…fame m rant nothing without his wife

  • Reply Macey Mc. February 10, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Props to the great Don Cornelius, may he Rip…..Remember people every thing we do is Black History so be positive. PEACE 💖

  • Reply jordache141 February 10, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Smack her..They’ll “cut around it!”

  • Reply joekhaki February 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    This ain’t the hood lol 😂 that term didn’t come out until the mid to late 80’s but I still fux wit it though.

  • Reply marie campbell February 10, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    That s the reason why I don t have black female friends.

  • Reply FFB332mob Williams February 10, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Damn don was the first suge knight

  • Reply pansysgarden February 10, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Love the guy who plays Don C. Well done.👏👏 He came from the tv show Power. Didn't realize it til afterwards. Love Kelly Rolland, but I'm not sold on her playing Gladys knight. Maybe I'll get use to that role as the episodes carry on. Otherwise, good show so far. It's about time a tv series pay homage to Soul Train and it's visionary. Would have been nice to see this on the big screen though. Soul Train and Don deserves that.

  • Reply Dee 1 February 11, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Haven't seen this yet!!!
    Didn't know it was out already..
    The Announcer reminds me of a lighter version of Isaac Hayes..

  • Reply Waheedah's Recipes February 11, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    The Soul Train show 📺 brought back so many wonderful memories of the show 📺 for me watching at home as a little girl

  • Reply Eric Magee February 11, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Is this a mini series or a new show in it's first season

  • Reply iam Bunndl3s February 12, 2019 at 5:38 am

    The birth of The Soul Train Line

  • Reply thesun collective147 February 12, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Love it..slick drama!

  • Reply Promise Has come February 12, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Certain words lol was not used in the 70’s but good show

  • Reply Bullshit.com February 13, 2019 at 1:21 am

    I love the show but hate the fact that y'all are erasing the Chicago history of it. My aunt's used to dance on the show when it first started in the Chi!

  • Reply Free Spirit February 13, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Hurry up before it becomes THE SALSA TRAIN!😄

  • Reply Nay Rob February 14, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Please check out my American Soul Recaps 😘 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uefqF-EXh74&list=PLy7WWHtRG9jZKYJCUMw0j7b0Rq7–pzn8

  • Reply jacob bey February 14, 2019 at 9:05 am

    The best show out!

  • Reply Paulette Williams February 14, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Loving it.

  • Reply Jason Voorhees February 14, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Looks just like the real one

  • Reply Cordero Abraham February 14, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    The guy introducing Don is Issac Hayes son

  • Reply EZE De Las Flores February 15, 2019 at 9:26 am


  • Reply Marcel 3 February 16, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    When the new millenium came in Y2K I started watchin soul train

  • Reply Last Days February 17, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    My childhood memories of the RIP Don Cornelius and the Soul Train Dancers in the 1970s. Wow,everyone everyone brought their A Game on the Legendary Soul Train. That guy favors Mr.Cornelius so much. I was in awe of the Beautiful Signature Afro's. I am still wearing my hair in a Fro. I wished that we had a Time Machine

  • Reply Last Days February 17, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    There was a interview of the Legendary Pat Davis from years ago. And she said that some of the girls were bullying her on the set,because of her Unique clothing and dancing styles. She was also a favorite one to see from the viewing audiences every Saturday.

  • Reply kjchicago1 February 18, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    He sounds just like Don Cornelius

  • Reply axiom327 February 21, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Damn Simone is fine & built

  • Reply Living4Christ Bibbs February 23, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    I can't wait to see this…. This is when TV was Fun, Loving and Enjoyable!!!

  • Reply Living4Christ Bibbs February 23, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    I wish I could watch on Netflix!

  • Reply Christina Bullock February 25, 2019 at 1:16 am

    this the only time I ever actually sit down in front of bet and watched soul train and boomerang other then that bet still bullshit I stopped watching bet cause so much has changed after they passed it on to other people

  • Reply Jennie RedRose February 27, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Where can we watch the entire shows if we don't have cable?

  • Reply Barney Os. March 3, 2019 at 2:19 am


  • Reply Mr Unique74 March 4, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Fun fact: That was the first LA taping…the Chicago episodes were first.

  • Reply Mr Unique74 March 4, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Love Machine -The Politicians 🔥 💪

  • Reply Airraid73 March 4, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Is this movie on bet..must watch

  • Reply 678BUMPERLOVER March 5, 2019 at 6:16 am

    if I was Simone, I would have beat the living crap out of that girl, she wouldn't live to see another season of soul train.

  • Reply Ian Tucker March 8, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Rip don cornelius 1936-2012

  • Reply Amari Bivins March 8, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    🐍 🐍🐍🐍ugh SNAKES

  • Reply Jon Samuels March 9, 2019 at 2:31 am

    I could be wrong but the speech patterns don’t seem dated as I imagine they should be. Clothes, hair and set look too notch it’s just the way they speak. Seems ,s like they 4got that one piece of the puzzle

  • Reply Jakera Jakera March 9, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    What is this songgg

  • Reply Caleb Davis March 9, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    This guy coming a long way from Teen Wolf and the show Power! Keep doing your thing bro! Great casting

  • Reply GT Tg March 13, 2019 at 5:59 am

    This nod to history let’s you know that there are no excuses. Great storyline

  • Reply Javontae Ross March 14, 2019 at 10:43 am

    This man afro is big at one point and small a minute later😂

  • Reply Riri Pari March 14, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I hope they put an Asian girl on the show later on. In the real soul train there was this really pretty long haired girl who was the first non-black dancer to dance on the show. I'm talking really long hair.

  • Reply mimi free March 15, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    I'm a real 70's baby
    Nothing like music dancing and family 💃 🎶 🎶

  • Reply The Renaissance Tv March 16, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Im sorry but them dancers on #Americansoul aint doing the damn thing with tge dancing, shiiiidddd if i was given the opportunity to dance on american soul trust me you will be sewing kicks, spins, rubber bands, the funky turkey etc i would have gotten down! Idk who casted theae dancers smh its not giving me life like the real soul train smh I still like the show tho

  • Reply John Marshall March 17, 2019 at 11:50 am

    “Sooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuul Traaaaaaaaaaaaain” is when you knew Saturday morning cartoons were over. But, damn, as a young white boy in Ohio, I loved watching the Soul Train dancers.

  • Reply Glory2 TheHighest March 17, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Love me some black brothas and sistas….especially back in tha dayz

  • Reply Odette Moronez March 20, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Get down Cornelious!! Luv that amazing outfit!!! Yes!!!🎵🎼🎶❤❤🎤📣📯❤❤

  • Reply ALKING3434 March 22, 2019 at 7:35 am

    What was the name of the song Tom Brady did as Little Richard

  • Reply Pirahnahead Detroit March 22, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    It’s ok but it’s Eh. Don’s real introduction was far more enthusiastic….and he smiled. Don got all cool and mellow much later…this is kinda dumbed down….soul less….no offense….

  • Reply c00ki3bit3r April 3, 2019 at 5:02 am

    I can't wait for season 2!

  • Reply K.J. Norman April 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Is it me, or is the spirit of Don Cornelius possessing Sinqua Walls on this show? It's so uncanny…..

  • Reply Shaheer Henderson April 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Pay attention Don was about that life.

  • Reply Jeff Bergi April 21, 2019 at 3:57 am

    Don was a mastermind. I love it!! They should make a movie. The lead actor is a Denzel

  • Reply Justine Kingmaker June 19, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Pisses me off seeing this! The very first scene is of the control room with someone playing the director. MY Dad, C. Brian Smith, was the original director of Soul Train in Chicago! He has been essentially written out of Soul Train history and is straight up makes me so mad! My dad LOVED that show, loved his work, loved working with Don…but they've done my dad so wrong!

  • Reply darroll x July 5, 2019 at 12:24 am

    You see that slide at :45

  • Reply Musane Dollaz July 10, 2019 at 5:03 am

    For a black man to call 2 white man's a boy took major nuts back then salute to Don Cornelius s.i.p.

  • Reply Ricky Ray July 12, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    And look what black television has become now with BET's toxic garbage. I think Mcgruder explained it best.

  • Reply Kyon Semallie September 11, 2019 at 4:45 am

    The long waited American Dreams Spin off/sequel.

  • Reply Sedah City September 20, 2019 at 12:21 am

    Don handled those dancers like a bonafide pimp!

  • Reply The Following October 7, 2019 at 12:25 am

    No family event was complete without The Soultrain Line. Ah the wonderful 70s.

  • Reply Ramon Hart October 18, 2019 at 2:39 pm


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