Who’s more important than Diana Ross?
I felt that it was my mission to see to it that black talent had an opportunity to get national television exposure.
MTV essentially killed ‘American Bandstand’ and ‘Solid Gold,’ because music videos are an easier way for pop artists to gain television exposure.
‘Soul Train’ was developed as a radio show on television. It was the radio show that I always wanted and never had.
Blacks on prime-time TV are only portrayed as comedians – and often in no better a light than ‘Amos & Andy.’
One motivation for the ‘Soul Train’ awards was the grumbling that all of us in the industry have heard about the way black music tends to be viewed as a secondary phenomenon by the other awards shows.
All I really wanted was to be a full-time disc jockey.
Black music is too big and too powerful not to have its own awards show.
There were three great child singing stars: Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Jackie Washington.
When I have a job to do, time means nothing. I lose patience with people who work on a clock.
Soul music as we’ve always known it hasn’t changed. There are different players now with different attitudes, but there is nothing new being done musically.
Nobody really invents anything that hasn’t been done before.
The ’70s and ’80s were just the period during which the best soul music was created and the best records were done.
I was never exposed to a great deal of racism, but the Chicago I grew up in was very, very segregated.
My father worked real hard. I admired him. My father taught me you needed to work with your brain and not your back. I’ve made that a passion.