Soul Train/Bill Withers/ Al Green/ Viola Wills

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Bill Withers/ Al Green/ Viola Wills
Season 1, Episode 5
Airdate October 30, 1971
Production Number 5
Writer(s) Don Cornelius
Director(s) Don Buccola
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Soul TrainSeason One

Guests: Bill Withers, Al Green, Viola Wills

Plot Overview

Bill Withers "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Grandma's Hands"

Al Green "Let's Stay Together" and "Tired of Being Alone"

Viola Wills "Sweetback"


Al Green's performance of "Tired of Being Alone" was featured in a scene from the movie Dead Presidents where the police find Chris Tucker's dead body in front of the TV.

This episode introduced a segment that would forever define Soul Train: The SOUL TRAIN LINE. The very first song played for the line was the Staple Singers "Respect Yourself".