On a recent sun-drenched morning in Oakland, dancers of all shapes, sizes and ages gathered to help the city make it into the record books.
Still high from the Golden State Warriors' first NBA championship in 40 years, the city prepared for its next title: the Guinness World Record for "Largest Soul Train Line." In order to beat Philadelphia, where the last officially certified record was set in 2012, Oakland needed at least 300 dancers at deFremery Park to shake their stuff on the "Oak Train."
Many who arrived June 20, 2015, dressed in wild, colorful outfits that reflected the origin of the Soul Train line, a staple of the television show created by former TV news reporter Don Cornelius that ran from 1971 to 2006. Not only did Soul Train offer a national stage for soul artists like Curtis Mayfield, Barbara Mason and Joe Tex, the show also exposed teenagers around the country to the latest, smoothest dance moves.
In fact, a few featured dancers from the show came to the park and were treated like royalty, including Jeffrey McCrimon, a software developer from Brentwood who danced on the show from 1987–1994.