Friday, January 27, 2017

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jermaine Stewart

Artist:Jermaine Stewart
Song:We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off
Album:Old School Volume 7

R&B singer Jermaine Stewart scored a top five pop hit with We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off in 1986. He had some other chart hits and he did very well in England. He was born Sept. 7, 1957 in Columbus, OH. His family moved to Chicago and that is where he went to high school. Stewart was a Soul Train dancer and he was friends with Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel. When Soul Train moved to Los Angeles, they all auditioned to be in Shalamar. They were the first act to sign with Soul Train's new record label Solar Records. Stewart was not selected to be in Shalamar but he did tour with them as a dancer. While on tour in England, Stewart met Culture Club bassist Mikey Craig who produced a demo for Stewart. That demo got Stewart a deal with Virgin Records in England and Arista in the US. Stewart recorded his 1984 album The Word Is Out in England with veteran British producer Peter Collins. The single The Word Is Out did very well on the dance chart. Stewart wrote all the songs on the album with Craig. For his 1986 album Frantic Romantic, Stewart was produced by Narada Michael Walden who was very hot at the time. He had just topped the charts with Whitney Houston's How Will I Know. We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the British charts. The song was used on the TV series Miami Vice. Walden wrote the song with frequent collaborator Preston Glass. It would turn out to be Stewart's biggest hit. He recorded four albums for Arista. His music continued to do well in England. Then he left Arista for Reprise. He recorded an album in 1991 but it was never released. The British reissue label Cherry Red released Frantic Romantic on CD in 2010. But I think most fans will only want the one song and you can get it on this various artists budget comp. Stewart was recording a new album when he died of AIDS related liver cancer on Mar. 17, 1997 at age 39. His brother released those recordings on CD. We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off returned to the British charts in 2011 after it was used in a Cadbury commercial. Here's the video for We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off by Jermaine Stewart.
Jermaine Stewart- We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off (Released '86, Billboard #5) from Chris OBrien on Vimeo.

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