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Jermaine Stewart (September 7, 1957 — March 17, 1997) was an American pop singer, best known for his Billboard hits, "The Word Is Out" from his 1984 debut album of the same name, and "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" in 1986, from the album Frantic Romantic.

Born in Columbus, Ohio...the Stewart family moved to Chicago, Illinois where he took his first steps toward a career in entertainment. This was followed by stints on both American Bandstand and later Soul Train as a dancer.

Soon he would become a backup singer and dancer for several artists such as The Chi-Lites, The Staple Singers and Shalamar while recording backup vocals for such artists as Culture Club. He was featured prominently on the group's 1983 album Colour by Numbers and as a result the group used their influence to help him land a solo recording deal with Arista Records.

Jermaine hit big with his first hit 'The Word Is Out' from the album of the same name. This really put him on the map. The 1986 Frantic Romantic album with the hit single "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" quickly went on to become a million seller, and a second single, "Jody" was released, the inspiration of the song being Jody Watley of Shalamar. A modest success, "Jody" reached both the U.K. and U.S. top 50. Another UK only ballad, "Don't Ever Leave Me," reached number 76 on the British charts.

In 1992, Jermaine teamed up with Chicago producer Jesse Saunders for his last recorded work, an album for Reprise Records. Entitled Set Me Free, the album marked a return to the dance funk style of Say It Again. The title track was released as a single in the U.S., but found little success. The album remains unreleased. Jermaine Stewart came to St. Louis to establish a record later with businessman Steven Hart and legendary guitarist Edmund Darris in 1993, but things did not materialize.

After a long battle, Jermaine Stewart died in 1997 of liver cancer caused by AIDS.

His hit "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" referred to the AIDS scare of the 1980s. In 2003, the song placed #76 in VH1's 100 Greatest One-hit Wonders. From Wikipedia

Word Is Out

We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes

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