Ever since I heard about Teddy Pendergrass’s passing on Wednesday this week, the song “Wake Up Everybody” has been in my head. It’s such a fantastic, positive song about making the world a better place, but in nearly every report I’ve read nobody mentions it. In light of all the things going on in the world today, it’s as relevant now as it was in 1975. At the same time, I’m the same person who posted a Throwback Friday tribute to Michael Jackson that was a duet he did with Roberta Flack in the children’s classic by Marlo Thomas “Free to be You and Me” called “When We Grow Up”
Few television series were as innovative and influential to pop culture as “Soul Train.” Set first in Chicago, “Soul Train” launched on WCIU-TV with local radio and television personality, Don Cornelius on August 17, 1970. After moving the dance show to Los Angeles, “Soul Train” skyrocketed nationally and firmly secured its place in television by becoming the longest running, first-run syndicated series in history. To commemorate 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. The film will also feature a rare interview with Don Cornelius in which he reveals exclusive details regarding the launch and early days of the legendary series.