Friday, May 26, 2017

Shalamar – Uptown Festival (Soul Train Records)

A journalist, inspired by the civil rights movement, Donald Cortez Cornelius, better known as Don Cornelius, paved the way of Black Music history while giving birth to the US nationally syndicated dance and music franchise Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971 until 1993, then sold to MadVision Entertainment in 2008.
He therefore would create the first television venue for Soul Music in America, putting countless African-American artists to the (necessary) light.
Soul Train‘s first major success would be the 1977 released ‘Uptown Festival’, a medley of hits (‘Going To A Go-Go’, ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)’, ‘Uptight (Everything’s Alright)’Stop! In The Name Of Love’, ‘It’s The Same Old Song’ and others) sung by Shalamar, and released on Soul Train Records, a joint venture between Cornelius and Dick Griffey which the latter renamed SOLAR (sound of Los Angeles Records) soon after Cornelius‘s departure…

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