Fans know Shemar Moore for his classic good looks, and his roles on the hit TV series, Criminal Minds, and S.W.A.T. However, if you were around in the late ’90s, you might know that he was the host of the iconic dance competition series Soul Train from 1993 to 2004. He hosted the show during his run on the long-running soap opera, The Young & the Restless.
Though many of us certainly see Moore as the enticing but serious Derick Morgan, his time on Soul Train showed a different side of him. The American television staple ran from 1971 to 2006. Created by the legendary, Don Cornelius, the series showcased fabulous R&B, soul, dance/pop, and hip hop artists across the decades.
While Moore was on the show, he not only introduced various acts, he also showed off his moves, dancing along to the beat and showing everyone what he was working with. Now, fans have discovered this credit on his IMDb and they can’t deal.
Shemar Moore carried ‘Soul Train’ into the 21st century
Soul Train ran for 35 years, which is a massive feat for a TV show. However, it would not have survived into the 21st century had it not been for Moore carrying the series as a host for five years.
The dance show began in the early 1970s on Chicago’s WCIU-TV with Cornelious as the creator, host, and producer. Since it’s main focus was on Black talent, garnering icons like The Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Patti Labelle, James Brown, and Stevie Wonder to appear on the show, the series’ popularity quickly exploded.
Soul Train rippled through local stations in urban cities before earning syndication and switching to a nation-wide weekly format. Cornelius left the show in 1993, leaving a slew of rotating hosts in its wake before Moore took over the role in 1999 remaining until 2004. The following year, he landed a major film role in Tyler Perry’s Diary of A Mad Black Woman.
Shemar Moore loved to dance on ‘Soul Train’
With so many rotating hosts in the mid to late ’90s, Moore became much beloved on Soul Train because of his enthusiasm and his love to dance. While some hosts might give a two-step, The Brothers actor wasn’t afraid to hit the dance floor.
More often engaged in playful battles with the series dancers and he certainly was seen at the end of the show as it closed out with the epic and always timely Soul Train line. It was one of the main reasons for Moore’s longevity on the series.
Now, fans who had no clue about Moore’s Soul Train days are getting a thrill out of these gems.
Fans are obsessed with Shemar Moore on ‘Soul Train’
While many us remember watching Moore on Soul Train on Saturday morning, some people are too young to remember this epic time in TV history. Netflix’s OK Now Listen host Syliva O’Bell tweeted, “We don’t talk about the Shemar Moore era of Soul Train enuf.”
Other fans chimed in with an array of clips of Moore leaving it all out on the dance floor. Honestly, this is exactly what we needed.