The first five star-studded years of ‘Soul Train’ performances

GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS appeared on the first syndicated episode of “Soul Train” and made many return trips through the years. Publicity Photo

SEASON ONE (1971-1972)
Oct. 2, 1971 — Gladys Knight & the Pips; Eddie Kendricks; The Honey Cone; Bobby Hutton
Oct. 9, 1971 — Charlie Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Band; Carla Thomas; General Crook
Oct. 16, 1971 — Chairmen of the Board; Rufus Thomas; Laura Lee
Oct. 23, 1971 — The Staple Singers; Freda Payne
Oct. 30, 1971 — Bill Withers; Al Green; Viola Wills
Nov. 6, 1971 — Lou Rawls; The 100 Proof; The Emotions
Nov. 13, 1971 — Martha & the Vandellas; The Intruders; G.C. Cameron
Nov. 20, 1971 — Friends of Distinction; Clarence Carter
Nov. 27, 1971 — Chambers Brothers; The Five Stairsteps
Dec. 4, 1971 — Jr. Walker & the All Stars; Bobby Womack; Thelma Houston
Dec. 11, 1971 — Jean Knight; The Delfonics; Maurice Jackson; Ralfi Pagan
Dec. 18, 1971 — The Chi-Lites; Joe Tex; The Originals
Dec. 25, 1971 — Gene Chandler; Simtex & Wylie; The Free Movement
Jan. 1, 1972 — B.B. King; O.C. Smith; Patrice Holloway
Jan. 8, 1972 — Dennis Coffey; The Detroit Emeralds; Jesse James
Jan. 15, 1972 — Little Richard; The Undisputed Truth; Nolan F. Porter
Jan. 22, 1972 — Curtis Mayfield; The Honey Cone; The Persuaders
Jan. 29, 1972 — The Impressions; Merry Clayton; The Three Degrees
Feb. 5, 1972 — The Dells; Kim Weston; Luther Ingram
Feb. 12, 1972 — Jerry Butler & Brenda Lee Eager; Joe Tex; Hodges, Smith, James & Crawford
Feb. 19, 1972 — Al Green; The Whispers; Denise LaSalle
Feb. 26, 1972 — The Four Tops; Jackie Wilson; Kool & The Gang
March 4, 1972 — Gladys Knight & The Pips; The Ohio Players; Garland Green
March 11, 1972 — Rufus Thomas; The Bar-Kays; Laura Lee
March 18, 1972 — The Chi-Lites; Edwin Starr; James Gadsen
March 25, 1972 — Wilson Pickett; Curtis Mayfield; War; Soul Train Dance Contest; Special Guest: Fred Williamson
April 1, 1972 — Joe Tex; Gloria Lynne; The Independents
April 8, 1972 — Lou Rawls; Otis Clay; The Peaches
April 15, 1972 — Isley Brothers; Love Unlimited; Millie Jackson
April 22, 1972 — Ike & Tina Turner; Jerry Butler & Brenda Lee Eager

The Jackson Five. Publicity Photo

SEASON TWO (1972-1973)
Sept. 23, 1972 — Bobby Womack; The Bar-Kays; Candi Staton; Special Guest: Fred Williamson
Sept. 30, 1972 — The Isley Brothers; Luther Ingram; Special Guests: Melba Moore & Heshimu
Oct. 7, 1972 — Gladys Knight & the Pips; The O’Jays; Major Lance ; Special Guests: Teresa Graves & Brock Peters
Oct. 14, 1972 — Eddie Kendricks; The Whispers; Special Guest: Bill Russell
Oct. 21, 1972 — The Jackson 5 featuring Jermaine Jackson
Oct. 28, 1972 — Johnnie Taylor; The Undisputed Truth
Nov. 4, 1972 — Bill Withers / Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes; Special Guest: Denise Nicholas
Nov. 11, 1972 — Billy Preston; Laura Lee; Johnny Williams; Special Guest: Jim Brown
Nov. 18, 1972 — Joe Simon; The Sylvers; Billy Paul; Special Guest: Wallace Terry
Nov. 25, 1972 — Friends of Distinction; The Persuaders; Doug Gibbs; Special Guest: William Marshall
Dec. 2, 1972 — The Temptations; King Floyd; Special Guest: Cicely Tyson
Dec. 9, 1972 — The Intruders; Betty Wright; True Reflection; Special Guest: George Kirby
Dec. 23, 1972 — Billy Paul; Barbara Mason; Anacostia
Dec. 30, 1972 — Tyrone Davis; Lyn Collins; Special Guest: Elgin Baylor
Jan. 6, 1973 — Curtis Mayfield; The Main Ingredient; Hank Ballard; Special Guest: Vonette McGee
Jan. 13, 1973 — Stevie Wonder; The Moments; Fully Guaranteed; Special Guest: Judy Pace
Jan. 27, 1973 — Johnny Nash; Billy Butler & Infinity; Brighter Side of Darkness
Feb. 3, 1973 — The Dramatics; Syl Johnson; The Smith Connection
Feb. 10, 1973 — James Brown; Lyn Collins
Feb. 17, 1973 — The Four Tops; Otis Clay; Special Guest: James Brown
Feb. 24, 1973 — The Spinners; Sisters Love
March 17, 1973 — Al Green; Mel & Tim
March 24, 1973 — Friends of Distinction; Timmy Thomas; The Independents; Special Guest: Richard Pryor
March 31, 1973 — The Chi-Lites; The Honey Cone; G.C. Cameron; Special Guest: Pam Grier
April 7, 1973 — The Impressions; Tyrone Davis; Billy Preston; Special Guests: Diana Ross & Brenda Sykes
April 14, 1973 — Aretha Franklin; Special Guest: Cecil Franklin
April 21, 1973 — The O’Jays; David Ruffin; Sylvia
April 28, 1973 — The Sylvers; Ronnie Dyson; Archie Bell & the Drells; Special Guest: Rosie Grier
May 5, 1973 — The Manhattans; Lyn Collins; Lee Auston; Special Guest: James Brown
May 12, 1973 — The Supremes; Lloyd Price
May 19, 1973 — Bobby Womack; The Whispers; Thelma Houston
May 26, 1973 — Little Anthony & the Imperials; Edwin Starr; The Valentinos
June 16, 1973 — Bill Withers; Special Guest: Steve Manning
June 23, 1973 — The Miracles; Chuck Jackson; The Jackson Sisters; Special Guest: Smokey Robinson
June 30, 1973 — Chairmen of the Board; Charles Mann; Sylvia
July 7, 1973 — Chuck Berry; Maxayan ; Willie Hutch; Special Guest: Max Julien
Aug. 11, 1973 — “The Best of Soul Train”

The Isley Brothers (left to right) Rudolph, Ronald (with fringe) and Kelly Isley. Photo courtesy of Sony

SEASON THREE (1973-1974)
Sept. 1, 1973 — The Intruders; Foster Sylvers
Sept. 8, 1973 — The Whispers; Mandrill
Sept. 15, 1973 — Fred Wesley & the JB’s; Lyn Collins; The Sly, the Slick and the Wicked
Sept. 22, 1973 — The Sylvers
Sept. 29, 1973 — The Isley Brothers; Betty Wright; Jr. Walker & the All-Stars
Oct. 6, 1973 — Eddie Kendricks; The Dramatics; Rufus
Oct. 13, 1973 — B.B. King; The Moments
Oct. 20, 1973 — The Four Tops; Bloodstone; Lee Charles
Oct. 27, 1973 — Barry White; Love Unlimited; The Temprees; Special Guest: Lola Falana
Nov. 3, 1973 — The Jackson 5
Nov. 10, 1973 — Curtis Mayfield; Millie Jackson; Natural Four
Nov. 17, 1973 — Tower of Power; The Pointer Sisters; Tavares
Nov. 24, 1973 — Smokey Robinson; First Choice; Al Wilson
Dec. 1, 1973 — The Temptations; G.C. Cameron
Dec. 8, 1973 — Bobby Bland; Ashford & Simpson; Barbara Jean English
Dec. 15, 1973 — Johnnie Taylor ; Ann Peebles; Maceo & the Macks
Dec. 22, 1973 — Eddie Kendricks; The Persuaders; Eddie Floyd
Jan. 5, 1974 — Billy Preston; Creative Source; Eric Mercury
Jan. 12, 1974 — Johnny Nash; Kool & The Gang; The Originals
Jan. 26, 1974 — The 5th Dimension; Willie Hutch
Feb. 16, 1974 — Jerry Butler; The Delfonics; Cecil Shaw
Feb. 23, 1974 — Johnny Mathis; The Dells
March 2, 1974 — Marvin Gaye; The Whispers
March 9, 1974 — Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes; Billy Paul; Maxine Weldon
March 30, 1974 — Curtis Mayfield; The Main Ingredient; Bloodstone
April 6, 1974 —Al Green; The Impressions
April 13, 1974 — The Stylistics; Bobby Womack; The Undisputed Truth
April 20, 1974 — The Four Tops; Blue Magic; Barbara Mason
April 27, 1974 — Eddie Kendricks; The Dramatics; Martha Reeves
May 4, 1974 — Gladys Knight & the Pips; Lamont Dozier
May 11, 1974 — Sylvia Robinson; The Moments; Ecstasy, Passion & Pain
May 18, 1974 — The Spinners; The Independents; Leroy Hutson
May 25, 1974 —Bill Withers; The Soul Children; Melvin Van Peebles
June 1, 1974 — Tyrone Davis; Hugh Masekela; Black Ivory
June 8, 1974 — The Staple Singers; Bunny Sigler
June 15, 1974 — Kool & the Gang; Al Wilson; Natural Four
June 22, 1974 — The O’Jays; Ramsey Lewis
June 29, 1974 — Sly & the Family Stone; The Trammps
July 20, 1974 — “The Best of Soul Train”

Smokey Robinson. Publicity Photo

SEASON FOUR (1974-1975)
Sept. 7, 1974 — Billy Preston; Rufus; George McCrae
Sept. 14, 1974 — James Brown; Fred Wesley & the JBs; Lyn Collins
Sept. 21, 1974 — Johnnie Taylor; The Joneses; Syreeta Wright
Sept. 28, 1974 — The Miracles; Herbie Hancock; Yvonne Fair
Oct. 5, 1974 — Michael Jackson; MDLT
Oct. 12, 1974 — The Four Tops; The New Birth; Creative Source
Oct. 19, 1974 — The Chi-Lites; Bloodstone; New York City
Oct. 26, 1974 — Ashford & Simpson; Tavares; Little Beaver
Nov. 2, 1974 — The 5th Dimension; Al Wilson; Formula IV
Nov. 9, 1974 — The Ohio Players; Ecstasy, Passion & Pain; B.T. Express
Nov. 16, 1974 — Nancy Wilson; Johnny Bristol; Mighty Clouds of Joy
Dec. 7, 1974 — The Moments; LaBelle; Carl Carlton
Dec. 14, 1974 — The Isley Brothers
Dec. 21, 1974 — Jose Feliciano; Minnie Riperton; The Dynamic Superiors
Dec. 28, 1974 — Johnny Nash; The Commodores; Lonnie Youngblood
Jan. 4, 1974 — Bobby Womack; Latimore; The Kay-Gees
Jan. 11, 1974 — Graham Central Station; Zulema; Leon Haywood
Jan. 18, 1975 — Ike & Tina Turner; Lonette McKee
Jan. 25, 1975 — David Ruffin; Shirley Brown ; 9th Creation; The Lockers
Feb. 1, 1975 — Tower of Power; Hues Corporation; Garland Green
Feb. 8, 1975 — The Crusaders; The Whispers
Feb. 15, 1975 — Rufus featuring Chaka Khan; Gino Vanelli; Bohannon
Feb. 22, 1975 — Kool & the Gang; Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band; The Jackson Sisters
March 1, 1975 — Jimmy Ruffin; Buddy Miles; The Manhattans
March 8, 1975 — Lou Rawls; The Main Ingredient; Gloria Scott
March 15, 1957 — Bobby Bland; Tavares; Lyn Collins; Fred Wesley & Steam
March 22, 1975 — Bloodstone; Carol Douglas; Syl Johnson
March 29, 1975 — B.B. King; The Younghearts; People’s Choice
April 5, 1975 — Al Green
April 12, 1975 — Blue Magic; Sister Sledge; Major Harris
April 19, 1975 — The Dramatics; Barbara Mason; Ben E. King
April 26, 1975 — Eddie Kendricks; L.T.D.; The Waters
May 3, 1975 — Melba Moore; Eddie Harris; Bunny Sigler
May 10, 1975 — Dionne Warwick; Greg Perry; The Futures
May 17, 1975 — Elton John;Mandrill; Karl Grigsby
May 24, 1975 — Barry White; Love Unlimited Orchestra
June 7, 1975 —Curtis Mayfield; Leroy Hutson; Natural Four
June 14, 1975 — Smokey Robinson; Betty Wright
June 21, 1975 — Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes; The Southshore Commission; Guest Host: Richard Pryor

THE TEMPTATIONS appeared on “Soul Train” over the years. Publicity photo/James Kriegsmann

SEASON FIVE (1975-1976)
Aug. 23, 1975 — The Supremes; Willie Hutch
Aug. 30, 1975 — Johnny Bristol; The Blackbyrds
Sept. 6, 1975 — Joe Simon; Millie Jackson; Choice Four
Sept. 13, 1975 — The New Birth; Blue Magic; Bobby Moore
Sept. 20, 1975 — The Impressions; Rance Allen Group; Soul Train Dance Contest
Sept. 27, 1975 — Eddie Kendricks; Tavares; Paul Mooney
Oct. 4, 1975 — The Pointer Sisters; B.T. Express; Ralph Carter
Oct. 11, 1975 — The O’Jays; Little Milton
Oct. 18, 1975 —LaBelle; Creative Source
Oct. 25, 1974 — Minnie Riperton; Twenty First Century
Nov. 1, 1975 — Ramsey Lewis; Fantastic Four
Nov. 8, 1975 — The Spinners; Merry Clayton
Nov. 15, 1975 — War; The Main Ingredient
Nov. 22, 1975 — Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes; Esther Phillips
Nov. 29, 1975 — The Miracles; Poison; Quincy Jones
Dec. 6, 1975 — Average White Band; The Undisputed Truth
Dec. 13, 1975 — Rufus featuring Chaka Khan; David Ruffin
Dec. 20, 1975 — Freda Payne; The Whispers
Dec. 27, 1975 — Billy Preston; The Sylvers
Jan. 3, 1976 — David Bowie; Faith, Hope and Charity; Jeff Perry
Jan. 10, 1976 — The Temptations; Edwin Starr
Jan. 17, 1976 — The Staple Singers; Bobby Womack
Jan. 24, 1976 — The Jackson 5
Jan. 31, 1976 — The Dells; Bloodstone
Feb. 7, 1976 — Bill Withers; The Soul Train Gang
Feb. 14, 1976 — The Jimmy Castor Bunch; Leon Haywood; The Southshore Commission
Feb. 21, 1976 — The Commodores; George McCrae
Feb. 28, 1976 — Joe Tex; The Chi-Lites; Tom Dreeson
March 6, 1976 — Wilson Pickett; Betty Wright; The Modulations
March 13, 1976 — Eddie Kendricks; The Temprees
March 20, 1976 — Johnnie Taylor; Donna Summer
March 27, 1976 — The Supremes; Al Wilson
April 3, 1976 — The Dramatics; Dorothy Moore; Leon Thomas
May 1, 1976 — Kool & The Gang; Ashford & Simpson; Ronnie McNeir
May 8, 1976 — The Delfonics; D.J. Rogers
May 15, 1976 — Billy Paul; The Trammps
May 22, 1976 — Archie Bell & the Drells; Brass Construction -
June 12, 1976 — Rufus featuring Chaka Khan; The Checkmates; The Booty People
June 19, 1976 — The 5th Dimension; The Brothers Johnson; Pat Lundy

3 thoughts on “The first five star-studded years of ‘Soul Train’ performances

  1. looking for 21st century performing remember the rain taped the same day with minnie ripperton

  2. n you upload the video from Oct,25,1974 of the 21st Century perfoming Remember the rain or how can I obtain it,thanks in advance.

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