Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Philly Breaks The Guiness Record for the Longest Soul Train Line

Philadelphian's gathered yesterday to honor the man behind the “hippest trip in America” in an attempt at breaking the world record for largest Soul Train line - Don Cornelius, at the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum
They dressed warmly
wore their fuzzy dancing shoes

put on their grooviest threads
broke out the tambourines
Dignitaries, including Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds Brown and Congressman Bob Brady (center) were on hand to kick off the start of the Soul Train Line. The line was the distance of the pavement at the bottom of the Rocky Steps, a distance I would say is a half a block long
The press was on hand. In fact I don't think I've seen so many cameras cover an event in person.

Congratulations is having twins. So awesome

Here's the line and at the end the riser with photographers
Reporter Bobbi Booker, The Philadelphia Tribune

While waiting to get a crack at the Soul Train Line, hundreds of people dance to warm up. I think next year we could break another dance record cause Philadelphian's like to dance.
Patricia Williams (l) of Philly brought along her "Soul Train" memorabilia
Soul Train is an American musical variety show that aired in syndication from October 1971 to March 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, and hip hop artists, although funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists have also appeared.
During the heyday of Soul Train in the 1970s and 1980s, the program was widely influential among younger African Americans, many of whom turned to it not only to hear the latest songs by well-known African-American artists, but also for clues about the latest fashions and dance trends. Moreover, for many white Americans in that era who were not living in areas that were racially diverse, Soul Train provided a unique window into African-American culture.


Mayor Nutter leads the Soul Train line
Sheriff Jewel Williams gets his groove on
looking good
Rocky look alike Michael Avello dances down the Soul Train Line.
Power to the People

RIP Whitney Houston
a reader of PCC, Liz Jacobs. She's got dancing chops as she told me she used to be on Dance Party USA
The Flahs Mob dance event for the world record for largest “Soul Train” line. Record was broken with unofficial of 327 beating 211.

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