Five Classic ‘Soul Train’ Performances

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Aretha Franklin performs on 'Soul Train'/YouTube

Aretha Franklin performs on ‘Soul Train’/YouTube

The world was deeply saddened by the tragic news of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius’ passing this morning. He was instrumental in bringing the hottest new music and dances to the living rooms of the masses, and without his influence, TV and music just wouldn’t be the same today.

In honor of the influential, smooth talking host Don Cornelius, who introduced the best R&B, soul and funk music for 22 years and beyond on Soul Train, we dug up some of the classic performances from some of the hottest acts of the day.

[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Aretha Franklin[/lastfm]: “Rock Steady”

A young, fresh-faced Aretha Franklin blows the audience away with her powerful voice and an “invitation to all of us and to all of you” to “Rock Steady” in 1973.

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