Ronald Isley

  • Ronald Isley

The death of Don Cornelius last week has prompted a great deal of nostalgia for Soul Train and the wonderful performances that were a regular part of the show. But when it was actually on the air, the program had little time for nostalgia—it very much existed in the present. So rather than troll through great old clips, let’s celebrate the spirit of the show by looking at new soul music. We can ease into things by talking about some still-active artists who were scoring hits a decade and a half before Soul Train even went on the air: the seemingly eternal Isley Brothers, who appeared on the show many times.