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  • 1968
  • 1 Season
  • 8.8  (40)

The first season of the variety tv program showcasing African American music, dance and literature.

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S1 E24 - To the People, Thank You
24. S1 E24 - To the People, Thank You
March 7, 1973
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.
S1 E23 - If You Don't Know Me By Now
23. S1 E23 - If You Don't Know Me By Now
January 10, 1973
Guests include popular singing group Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, singer Esther Marrow, and Ida Lewis, editor of Encore magazine.
S1 E22 - Wherever We May Be
22. S1 E22 - Wherever We May Be
December 13, 1972
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!
S1 E21 - In A New Way
21. S1 E21 - In A New Way
November 29, 1972
Entertainment is provided by The Spinners and the Jimmy Castor Bunch.
S1 E20 - Elements
20. S1 E20 - Elements
November 1, 1972
Guests include Tony Award-winning singer Linda Hopkins and the musical group Earth, Wind & Fire.
S1 E19 - Black Fire
19. S1 E19 - Black Fire
October 11, 1972
Guests include musical attractions Exuma, Taj Mahal, and actress Cicely Tyson, star of the motion picture, Sounder.
S1 E18 - Shades of Soul!, Part 2
18. S1 E18 - Shades of Soul!, Part 2
March 1, 1972
Female singing trio LaBelle and conga drum/bongo musician Mongo Santamaria, are guests of Ellis Haizlip.
S1 E17 - Shades of Soul!, Part 1
17. S1 E17 - Shades of Soul!, Part 1
January 12, 1972
Felipe Luciano hosts this showcase of Latin music on Soul! Features musicians Tito Puente and Willie Colon, accompanied by their musical groups.
S1 E16 - Nick Ashford/Valerie Simpson
16. S1 E16 - Nick Ashford/Valerie Simpson
November 17, 1971
The songwriting/performing duo of Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson appear in a concert of rock and gospel music on Soul!
S1 E15 - Ruby Dee/Ossie Davis
15. S1 E15 - Ruby Dee/Ossie Davis
January 7, 1971
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.
S1 E14 - Harry Belafonte/Novella Nelson/Sidney Poitier
14. S1 E14 - Harry Belafonte/Novella Nelson/Sidney Poitier
June 4, 1970
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.
S1 E13 - Chester Himes/The Dells
13. S1 E13 - Chester Himes/The Dells
May 28, 1970
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.
S1 E12 - Merry Clayton/Rev. Jesse Jackson
12. S1 E12 - Merry Clayton/Rev. Jesse Jackson
May 14, 1970
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).
S1 E11 - Al Green
11. S1 E11 - Al Green
April 16, 1970
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.
S1 E10 - Gladys Knight and the Pips
10. S1 E10 - Gladys Knight and the Pips
March 5, 1970
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.
S1 E9 - Lee Morgan/Horace Silver/Bobbi Humphrey
9. S1 E9 - Lee Morgan/Horace Silver/Bobbi Humphrey
February 26, 1970
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.
S1 E8 - Jerry Butler
8. S1 E8 - Jerry Butler
February 19, 1970
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".
S1 E7 - Miriam Makeba/Muhammad Ali
7. S1 E7 - Miriam Makeba/Muhammad Ali
February 12, 1970
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".
S1 E6 - Bill Withers/Mae Jackson
6. S1 E6 - Bill Withers/Mae Jackson
February 5, 1970
Featured guest Bill Withers sings hit single, "Ain't No Sunshine" and other selections from his album, Just As I Am. In another segment, young poetess Mae Jackson reads from her own works.
S1 E5 - James Baldwin, Part 2
5. S1 E5 - James Baldwin, Part 2
April 10, 1969
The second installment in a special, two-part program featuring James Baldwin.
S1 E4 - James Baldwin, Part 1
4. S1 E4 - James Baldwin, Part 1
March 6, 1969
Author James Baldwin is interviewed by the young Black poetess Nikki Giovanni in a special two-part presentation of Soul!, taped in London.
S1 E3 - Frederick Douglass
3. S1 E3 - Frederick Douglass
February 27, 1969
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.
S1 E2 - Mandrill/LaBelle
2. S1 E2 - Mandrill/LaBelle
February 6, 1969
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).
S1 E1 - Muhammad Ali
1. S1 E1 - Muhammad Ali
October 24, 1968
Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali is interviewed.
Description

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 to Watch Soul!

Soul! is available for streaming on the Shout! Factory website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Soul! on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon and Tubi TV.

  • Premiere Date
    October 24, 1968
  • IMDB Rating
    8.8  (40)