Soul train is an American musical variety TV show. The founder of the show is Don Cornelius, who also was a host and producer for the show. The first episode aired on October 2, 1971. The show lasted for 35 years, it was the “longest running first run, nationally syndicated program in American television history” until 2016. The show incorporated R&B, soul, funk, and hip hop artists. The show originated at an upstart radio show in Chicago.