soultrain1Soul Train is an American musical variety show that aired in syndication from 1971 to 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, and hip hop artists, although funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists have also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer.

Production was suspended following the 2005–06 season, with a rerun package (known as The Best of Soul Train) airing for two years after that. As a nod to Soul Train’s longevity, the show’s opening sequence (during later seasons) contained a claim that it was the “longest-running first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history,” with over 1,100 episodes produced from the show’s debut through the 2005-06 season.

Despite the production hiatus, Soul Train will continue to hold this honor until at least 2016, if and when its nearest competitor, Entertainment Tonight, completes its 35th season. (If ET does not complete a 35th season,Wheel of Fortune would pass in 2018 if it continues to air.)
American Band LogoAmerican Bandstand was an American music-performance show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989 and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as producer. The show featured teenagers dancing to Top 40 music introduced by Clark; at least one popular musical act—over the decades, running the gamut from Jerry Lee Lewis to Run DMC—would usually appear in person to lip-sync one of their latest singles. Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon holds the record for most appearances at 110.

The show’s popularity helped Dick Clark become an American media mogul and inspired similar long-running music programs, such as Soul Train and Top of the Pops. Clark eventually assumed ownership of the program through his Dick Clark Productions company.

Upbeat was a syndicated musical variety show produced in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, at WEWS-TV (ABC) that aired from 1964 to 1971[1] which spotlighted on the performers and their hit songs of the 1960s Top 40 pop music genre which was common on such AM radio stations as WIXY in Cleveland and CKLW in Windsor, Ontario, the dominant formatted stations in that region during that particular time.

As such, the series was possibly inspired by Ready Steady Go! (a predecessor series produced in England by ITV) and by American Bandstand as many of the featured performers would often lip-sync to their hit singles (without the audience dancing or similar elements), and was a predecessor of Shindig! which aired on ABC from 1964 to 1966 and Hullabaloo on NBC from 1965 to 1966.

Originally titled as “The Big Five Show” a local program when it premiered in 1964[2] and was a reference to WEWS Channel 5 and the 5 to 6 pm time slot on Saturday afternoons. When the program became syndicated nationally, stations had the option of airing the program at different times, hence the program’s title change and deletion of the Channel 5 and local air time references.

The introduction of the program commenced with a studio musician shouting “HEY LET’S GO WITH THE UPBEAT SHOW!” as the in-house band, Dave C and The Sharptones, would play the introductory theme song with the program’s main title logo (done in Viking stencil font) slowly exploding and coming back together again in a quasi-animated frame by frame fashion as the performers were announced for that particular episode. Ironically, the logo was almost similar to the logo of WIXY. The series was aired in black and white from 1964 until 1967, then broadcast in color from 1967 until the series demise in 1971.


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