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Soul Train Turns 40

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —  The Grammy Museum paid tribute to the 40th Anniversary of Soul Train this week.

The tribute was celebrated with a multi-media, panel discussion featuring Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, Smokey Robinson and Jody Watley, who shared their special Soul Train moments.

The culturally significant, American institution developed into a national launch pad for showcasing the latest names in urban music, outrageous fashion and hip dances – making Soul music a mainstream global genre.

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. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers