The soul on "Soul Train" wasn't defined by the color of a performer's skin. Genres of music and the races of artists were integrated - as long as there was an emphasis on soul jams the audience could move to. Here, Don Cornelius is pictured with Meat Loaf. White artists booked on "Soul Train" were sometimes groundbreaking, sometimes questionable, or sometimes simply surprising, but they always rose above the barriers of race - Elton John, David Bowie, Hall & Oates, Christina Aguilera, the Beastie Boys, Duran Duran, even the lite jazz of Kenny G, the soft rock of Captain & Tennille and Don Henley, the novelty disco of Rick Dees and the Village People, and the blue eyed soul of Michael McDonald.
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