From the creators of the highly popular New Edition Story and Bobby Brown Story comes the story of the iconic television show Soul Train. It hasn’t been confirmed if the series is based on the book “Love, Peace and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America’s Favorite Dance Show: Soul Train” fans will get to see the story of Don Cornelius creating an American institute on the heels of the civil rights movement that occurred in the tumultuous 1960’s.
“American Soul is inspired by the personal trials and professional successes of a young, ambitious and troubled impresario, Don Cornelius. The 10-episode drama is an unflinching look at the entrepreneur, his Soul Train dancers, crew and musicians in a cutthroat Hollywood in the 1970s and how they work, play, rise and fall against the backdrop of the show most responsible for the way African-American culture was perceived by the world. Jesse Collins, Jonathan Prince and Devon Greggory executive produce. Don’s son, Tony Cornelius, will co-exec produce alongside Andy Horne. Greggory will pen the pilot and Jesse Collins Entertainment will produce.”The Hollywood Reporter
Don Cornelius got the idea to call the show “Soul Train” from his traveling to and from high school record hops. He reached out to his list of contacts from Chicago’s radio station, WVON, and from the artists he’d been promoting in high school auditoriums.
American Soul will definitely be a must watch as it will tell the story of the unlikely venture by a young African American that went on to become a staple in television history that spanned generations.
The size of the set, the cheap quality of the programming and equipment, and the minimum visibility of a UHF station all signaled disaster. There was no way a station like this could garner any kind of popularity. He’d put his neck on the line with his boss, Gordon Metcalf, and now he worried that his boss was going to think he was a failureLove, Peace and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America’s Favorite Dance Show: Soul Train