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SoulLover79 (soullover79)
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Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 3:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Watching all of these old episodes has me wondering what many of them are up to today, are they still alive, etc. I don't know all of their names but I'm gonna throw out a few descriptions, LOL.

The Asian lady, I believe her name is Cheryl Song

The light-skinned dude who danced with her sometimes - he used to work the hell out of a dance with his shoulders, curl and all flying, LOL (this past week he had on a black cowboy shirt)

The dude who just walked back and forth on the stage

Damita Jo Freeman

Lil Joe (I think that's his name, dark skinned guy with a fro, seemed to be pretty well known on the show)

The one who wore the masks every week

Fill in any blanks with any others you all may know of now, I'm just curious!
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mr_june (mr_june)
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Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 3:46 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The only one I'm familiar with is "Asian Lady." I remember her face. Therefore, she shall henceforth be called "Asian Lady."
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Motown_Fan (motown_fan)
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Post Number: 839
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Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 4:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Lil Joe Chism is deceased as are many of the guys who danced on the show during the 1970s.
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SoulLover79 (soullover79)
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Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 4:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh my goodness, that's unfortunate! The only reason I know that guy's name is because I was watching the Jacksons on there on YouTube, and he asked one of them a question. That's really sad. I didn't realize a lot of them were gone.
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Charise (mistrivia1)
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Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 4:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes, the Asian girl's name is Cheryl Song, Lil Joe Chism passed away about 10 years ago. The guy who danced across stage(posing...LOL) is Louie "Ski" Carr. Tyrone Proctor is still around as is , Pat Davis and others.
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Motown_Fan (motown_fan)
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Post Number: 841
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Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 4:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I forgot to say that Damita Joe Freeman has done some acting (Private Benjamin) and choreography work in music videos and TV.
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Lady Mystique (Maverick) (ladymystique)
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 7:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wasn't Cheryl Song in Rick James' SUPER FREAK? I thought someone mentioned that...
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Charise (mistrivia1)
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 8:24 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes, LadyM, that was her with the long flowing hair...!:-):-) I wonder if her hair is still that long!
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Garo (gary_james)
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 9:16 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rosie Perez was a Soul Train dancer. She's now an actress, had a best supporting actress academy award nomination for the film Fearless.
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Randy Russi (randy_russi)
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 9:27 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Damita Jo was also an American Bandstand dancer.
She won the AB dance contest one year which
resulted in doing choreography for different
acts, including, I believe, the Spinners.
How sad that so many of the guys are no longer
with us? What brought an early end to their
lives? The streets? drugs? gangs? Really
sad to hear!
PS--I was a dancer on American Bandstand in
the 70s! Actually, the late 70s in the disco
era.
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Motown_Fan (motown_fan)
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Post Number: 842
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 9:36 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Randy, the big disease with the little name claimed a lot of the male ST dancers circa 1973-1984.
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SoulLover79 (soullover79)
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Post Number: 94
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 9:45 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Damn ... that's so sad and scary. I always hate to hear that. But, look at it this way - at least we get to see them shine in these reruns. I liked that fact that as flamboyant as some of them were, they were being themselves, which you don't see much today. As for Cheryl Song, she was also in "Beat It," in the beginning in the pool hall, LOL. I guess she was a video girl before they called it that.
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Funkyone D.J. Dollar Bil (funkyone)
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 9:51 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rosie Perez-Thought that was In Living Color?
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Motown_Fan (motown_fan)
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 9:55 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I saw Rosie Perez dancing down the Soul Train line on at least one episode of the show.
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Lady Mystique (Maverick) (ladymystique)
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 9:58 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rosie was a dancer on Soul Train...I remember the clip in question. :-)

Jermaine Stewart was a dancer on Soul Train too (WE DON'T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF)...he passed from AIDS complications too.
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SoulLover79 (soullover79)
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What you are thinking about is that Rosie was the choreographer for "In Living Color" and The Fly Girls- but she wasn't a Fly Girl herself. In fact, one of the Fly Girls is now a judge on Dancing with the Stars. The one named Carryann.

Jermaine Stewart will be gone 10 years this year. I know he and Jody Watley were best buddies. I actually saw Jermaine go down the line in one of the episodes that aired recently. I enjoyed his performance on there too as an artist.
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Lady Mystique (Maverick) (ladymystique)
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 10:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jeffrey Daniel I think is still in the business:

Jeffrey's Wiki

Official Website

Jermaine Stewart Wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J ermaine_Stewart

Rosie Perez Wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R osie_Perez
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SoulLover79 (soullover79)
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Post Number: 96
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 11:15 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Lela Rochon and Vivica Fox also appeared on "Soul Train," though I am not sure how often. I guess it was good exposure for black talent in those days. Don't they do reunions?
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moonbeam (moonbeam)
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PLEASE DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO PAT DAVIS? IS SHE STILL AROUND? DID SHE ATTEND ANY REUNIONS? I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHAT SHE IS DOING NOW. AND DID ANY OF THE DANCERS LIVE A MIDDLE CLASS LIFESTYLE, OR DID THEY LIVE IN THE PROJECTS.I OFTEN HEARD THAT THEY LIVED IN HOUSES NOT THE PROJECTS.
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1wicked (1wicked)
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Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 8:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Damita Jo was in "Private Benjamin" (the movie) and has appeared in other film and television projects as well as worked as a choreographer. She suffered a loss in her family not so long ago, and has been traveling between California and Texas handling family matters.

There is a SoulTrainFans Yahoo Group moderated by a former ST dancer where you can find all the info you need regarding past dancers and everything else.
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Charise (mistrivia1)
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Moonbeam, Pat Davis is still alive and well. They have had two reunions.. the first was in '97 and the last one was in '04.
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SoulLover79 (soullover79)
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There is actually a DVD on Amazon about the dancers and a reunion, but the one review that is posted about it is bad ... nonetheless I thought it was cool that somebody even thought to put one out.
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moonbeam (moonbeam)
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Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 12:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

THANX CHARISE. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE HER.
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SoulDooWopRnBLady (souldoowoprnblady)
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Last month when Blue Magic, Sister Sledge, Major Harris were on during the Soul Train line segment when Teddy Pendergrass was singing "Bad Luck" and people were dancing there was a girl who danced down the line twice and she was the best. She was pretty, light brown-skinned, had on black overalls and a red blouse under it, and had flower in her head. What was her name? Was she a dancer or on that show once?

Was everyone on the show a soul train dancer or was most just visiting for a show to dance? Because all could surely dance. I couldn't tell the regulars from the visitors.
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kamasu (kamasu)
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Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 3:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

SoulDooWopRnBlady, that sounds like it was Pat Davis. She was a regular dancer on the show and she often dressed as you described it. Pat was also one of the better dancers on the classic Soul Train.
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nathan (nathanj06)
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Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 6:00 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I definately remember Damita Jo Freeman as she became very popular. That girl could move!
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ladyvanaye (ladyvanaye)
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 12:31 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

my favorite dancer is Damita Jo - and my favorite dance routines of hers was when James Brown was on there and did 'Super Bad'...and when she did ' I Gotcha' With Joe Tex.
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Motown_Fan (motown_fan)
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Some of the Soul Train dancers got the chance to work with entertainers like Roberta Flack and Diana Ross. They toured a little bit as a professional dance troupe before Don Corneilius kicked them off the show.

(Message edited by motown_fan on February 24, 2007)
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moonbeam (moonbeam)
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WHAT? HE REALLY KICKED THEM OFF OF SOUL TRAIN? WHY?
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Garo (gary_james)
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 11:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

here's a 1971 line-dance to Aretha's Rock Steady

http://youtube.com/watch?v=V8k IuEUsUk8&mode=related&search=
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unific29 (unific29)
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Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 4:11 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Man!! HOT PANTS HOT PANTS HOT PANTS HOT PANTS!!!!
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Motown_Fan (motown_fan)
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Moonbeam, as I recall it, some of the dancers complained to Right On magazine about the long tapings of shows on weekends, the fact they were often fed fried chicken snacks from KFC and that some of them believed they should have been paid for being on the show. Some of the ST dancers believed they were just as popular as the guests ( which was true in some cases).

There was also some competitive thing between Dick Clark's and Don Cornelius' production people that involved Clark luring some dancers over to Bandstand where they were allegedly paid.

I'm sure someone else remembers reading about this.
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Garo (gary_james)
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Here's a great clip-- Don comes down the dance line with Mary Wilson!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =Vj3Vj2qETY8&NR
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soulful detroit music fo (shell)
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Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 11:44 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What about Darnell williams who also played Jesse on All My Children years ago? wasn't he also a Soul Train Dancer?
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moonbeam (moonbeam)
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motown fan thanx alot. yes i heard something of this before. and yes darnell williams was on soul train as a dancer.i remember seeing him.
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dvdmike (dvdmike)
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Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 7:18 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes, he was, around 1974-75. I also remember a little Q & A feature on him in Right On magazine around that time.
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sdl (sdl)
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Gary -

Thanks for the link. That was the best 6 minutes and 3 seconds I spent in a long time. I am still grinning from ear to ear. A great James Brown tune! Big Hair! Great dancing! And Don Cornelius going down the soul train line TWICE with the 70s Supremes.

How cool was that.

Don please get it together and release these classics on DVD!

And to anyone else wanting to see this I suggest you hurry. The last time there were Soul Train clips on You Tube they were swiftly removed by the Don Cornelius camp.

Cheers.
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moonbeam (moonbeam)
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MAYBE WE CAN GET A PETITION TO DON COENELIUS AND TELL HIM TO RELEASE HIS SHOWS.THERE IS MONEY HE AND HIS ORGANIZATION COULD BE MADE. THERE ARE FANS HERE WOH ARE ANXIOUS TO PURCHASE THESE TAPES OR DVD'S
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1wicked (1wicked)
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Moonbeam:
There is money to be made...but the gamble is will it be enough made once he has paid all the necessary clearances. That's why DCP's legal team is all over YouTube clips...they don't want the use of ST clips to come back and bite them in the ass.
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SDF (handsome)
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Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 11:39 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey Y'all!

Here'a another question for you folks going down memory lane...

What happened to the "Soul Train Gang" that sang the theme (in 1975)? I believe it was 5 of them..2 females-one of the females had auburn brown hair and 3 guys. They were also dancers on the show.

I still have the 45!

Handsome
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dvdmike (dvdmike)
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Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 12:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Whazzup Darren. Are you still at IRI?
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SDF (handsome)
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Nope Mike.

Handsome
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allenhouse (allenhouse)
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Normal people, wierd people, talented, young and restless, gay and straight, wild and youthful, whatever you want to call it. But to say alot of them died from the "big disease", I don't know about that one.

I danced on several shows, went as a guest of a semi-regular. Had big dreams about being a singer-songwriter; loved to dance, the music and the party. Can't remember the guests because the tapings were always in segments. It was like a big party, usually crowded, waiting to get in and have a chance to do your thing. I partied with Jeffrey and others at the Mavericks Flat in LA.

Still doin' my thing on the dancefloor; (ouch my hip) well up until a couple of years ago, still singing and writing (some regional and national exposure). I would say most of those young people just loved to dance. And I would bet alot of them are still kickin' just like me. Damn..I'm only a tail-end baby-boomer. And I'm still look good too!



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