Don Cornelius’ “Soul Train” undoubtedly forever changed the scope of soul music. Today the show is an ubiquitous presence in music culture, and has solidified itself as an American phenomenon as the Smithsonian Museum will be the repository of some of the show’s memorabilia.
An article from The Grio Reports:
Soul Train accomplished one other feat that’s considered a rarity in pop culture. It transcended it. It became both a musical and a social phenomenon. This added to its appeal, cross over and otherwise, and its staying power. The popular artists that appeared on the show would come and go. The dance styles would change. The outlandish fashions on garish display would change. The outrageous high Afros of of that time would soon disappear.