QUESTION: Hey Plainclothesman, I’m told you’d do your best to find the answer on all things Arkansas. Someone, who will remain nameless, told me that the voice of Soul Train (the Sooouuul Trrraaain intro voice) is a man from Arkansas. Anything is possible, but this person, who will remain nameless, couldn’t back it up. Tell me is this True or False? Thanks, Man from out of town
SCUTTLEBUTT: MFOOT, did you give yourself that name or is that how you’re perpetually referred to? I can relate. I had always wanted to go horseback riding and for my birthday a few years ago Mrs. Plainclothesman treated me to a trail ride in the North Georgia mountains. I believe my horse was called Samson and he had a flatulence problem so the horses (and riders) behind him had a lot to overcome. Anyway our guides kept saying to me “you’re not from around here,” and before long I was affectionately referred to as “the man from out of town.”
Thinking on it now reminds me of the John Sayles flick, “The Brother from another planet.” It’s a cult classic.
The brother is an alien who touches down on earth by way of New York City. He can’t talk (speak verbally) but the film is an allegory for the immigrant experience. It was nominated for a Sundance Grand Jury Prize.
I must say digging up information on Soul Train was an absolute delight. Soul Train was an international phenomenon. The music, vibe, expression was unmatched. Everyone from Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Al Greene, The Ojay’s, The Average White Band appeared on Soul Train. Soul Train was the epitome of cool and for the 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s qualified soul music. The Soul Train dancers were hip and always on the cutting edge and for a generation the show evoked the heart of blackness.