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The first season of the variety tv program showcasing African American music, dance and literature. Soul! is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (24 episodes). The series first aired on October 24, 1968.Where do I stream Soul! online? Soul! is available for streaming on Shout! Factory, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Soul! on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, The Roku Channel, Tubi TV online.

Shout! Factory
1 Season, 24 Episodes
October 24, 1968
Cast: Jerry Butler, Muhammad Ali
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Soul! Full Episode Guide

  • The final show of the season. Soul! staff, Ellis Haizlip, Al Brown, Anna Horsford, Sherri Santifer, Loretta Greene and Leslie Demus read poetry and letters from viewers throughout the country.

  • Stokely Carmichael, the revolutionary leader who created and promulgated the now historic cry of "Black Power", talks of his current plans that will bring Blacks together on this episode of Soul!

  • Entertainment is provided by The Spinners and the Jimmy Castor Bunch.

  • Guests include Tony Award-winning singer Linda Hopkins and the musical group Earth, Wind & Fire.

  • Guests include musical attractions Exuma, Taj Mahal, and actress Cicely Tyson, star of the motion picture, Sounder.

  • Female singing trio LaBelle and conga drum/bongo musician Mongo Santamaria, are guests of Ellis Haizlip.

  • Felipe Luciano hosts this showcase of Latin music on Soul! Features musicians Tito Puente and Willie Colon, accompanied by their musical groups.

  • The songwriting/performing duo of Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson appear in a concert of rock and gospel music on Soul!

  • Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, aided by the music of composer-saxophonist Lucky Thompson, give dramatic readings of the poetry of a writer named Robert Cornell Kaufman.

  • Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte discuss their new film, Buck and the Preacher, as well as other topics, interrupted by interludes of song by Novella Nelson, Broadway star, artistic and creative director of New York's Shakespeare Festival Public Theater.

  • Author Chester Himes is welcomed back from self-exile in Europe on this show devoted primarily to his writings. Actor Al Freeman Jr., who reads from Himes' autobiography, and The Dells, who sing several of their hits, join the welcome.

  • Merry Clayton, top back-up singer who emerged a star, sings "Grandma's Hands", "Southern Man" and other numbers. The Reverend Jesse Jackson also talks with host Ellis Haizlip about his newly formed organization, People United to Save Humanity (PUSH).

  • Highlights feature guest Al Green singing "Let's Stay Together" and author Verta Mae Grosvenor reading form her latest book, Thursdays and Every Other Sunday Off.

  • One of the great Motown acts of the past several years headlines the show, performing the hit, "I Heard It through the Grapevine", and other selections.

  • An all jazz line-up on this edition of Soul! features pianist Horace Silver at the electric keyboard, Lee Morgan on trumpet and 22-year old Bobbi Humphrey playing the flute. They are joined by vocalists Andy and Salome Bey.

  • Singer Jerry Butler headlines this episode, together with his back-up group, Peaches. Highlights of their numbers are "Make It Easy on Yourself" and "Brand New Me".

  • Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, South African born singer Miriam Makeba and a three-man vocal group called the Delfonics, share the spotlight with guest-host Nikki Giovanni, who opens the show with her "Kidnap Poem".

  • The second installment in a special, two-part program featuring James Baldwin.

  • Author James Baldwin is interviewed by the young Black poetess Nikki Giovanni in a special two-part presentation of Soul!, taped in London.

  • This program traces the roots of Black protest in America by means of passages from Frederick Douglass' greatest orations, dramatized by Arthur Bufghardt, interspersed with performances by drummer Max Roach, his jazz ensemble and the 22 voices of the J. C. White Singers.

  • Mrs. Georgia Jackson, mother of slain Soledad Brother George Jackson, is interviewed by producer- Ellis Haizlip. Other show features include the exciting Latin-jazz sounds of seven man combo, Mandrill and the rhythm and blues of LaBelle (Formerly Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells).

  • Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali is interviewed.