The pioneering performance/variety television program from the late 1960s and early 1970s that showcased African American music, dance and literature.
S01:E01 - Muhammad Ali
Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali is interviewed.
S01:E02 - Mandrill/LaBelle
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)
S01:E03 - Frederick Douglass
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.
S01:E04 - James Baldwin - Part 1
Author James Baldwin is interviewed by the young Black poetess Nikki Giovanni in a special two-part presentation of Soul!, taped in London.
S01:E05 - James Baldwin - Part 2
The second installment in a special, two-part program featuring James Baldwin.
S01:E06 - Bill Withers/Mae Jackson
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.
S01:E07 - Miriam Makeba/Muhammad Ali
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".
S01:E08 - Jerry Butler
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".
S01:E09 - Morgan/Silver/Humphrey
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.
S01:E10 - Gladys Knight and the Pips
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.
S01:E11 - Al Green
Al Green performs "Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)," "Take Me to the River" and other selections.
S01:E12 - Merry Clayton/Rev. Jesse Jackson
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).
S01:E13 - Chester Himes/The Dells
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.
S01:E14 - Belafonte/Nelson/Poitier
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.
S01:E15 - Ruby Dee/Ossie Davis
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.
S01:E16 - Nick Ashford/Valerie Simpson
The songwriting/performing duo of Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson appear in a concert of rock and gospel music on Soul!
S01:E17 - Shades of Soul! - Part 1
Felipe Luciano hosts this showcase of Latin music on Soul! Features musicians Tito Puente and Willie Colon, accompanied by their musical groups.
S01:E18 - Shades of Soul! - Part 2
Female singing trio LaBelle and conga drum/bongo musician Mongo Santamaria, are guests of Ellis Haizlip.
S01:E19 - Black Fire
Guests include musical attractions Exuma, Taj Mahal, and actress Cicely Tyson, star of the motion picture, Sounder.
S01:E20 - Elements
Guests include Tony Award-winning singer Linda Hopkins and the musical group Earth, Wind & Fire.
S01:E21 - In a New Way
Entertainment is provided by The Spinners and the Jimmy Castor Bunch.
S01:E22 - Wherever We May Be
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!
S01:E23 - If You Don't Know Me by Now
Ahmed is challenged to a fight; Kenny feels the strain of Lila's absence at the office.
S01:E24 - To the People, Thank You
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.