Friday, June 25, 2010

Jermaine Stewart

Jermaine Stewart (born William Jermaine Stewart on September 7, 1957 in Columbus, Ohio) was a male pop singer who became known as a "one-hit wonder" back in the 80's.

In 1972, Jermaine moved to Chicago and later gained recognition as a dancer on "Soul Train." He became a backing vocalist and dancer for Shalamar. He also did background vocals for Millie Jackson, Tavares, and the Temptations.

In 1983, he was featured on Culture Club's "Colour by Numbers" album and Culture Club helped him get a record deal with Arista Records.
In 1984, Jermaine released his debut album, "The Word is Out" which peaked at #90 on the Billboard 200 and #30 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The title song became Jermaine's first hit, peaking at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #7 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.
In 1986, Jermaine released his sophomore album, "Frantic Romantic" which peaked at #34 on the Billboard 200 and #31 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Jermaine's biggest and only hit song, "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, #35 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #41 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #64 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. It also peaked at #2 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The follow-up single from the album, "Jody" (written about Shalamar's Jody Watley) peaked at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #18 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. The song also peaked at #50 on the UK Singles Chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.
The last single from the album "Don't Ever Leave Me" peaked at #76 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
In 1988, Jermaine released his third album, "Say it Again" which peaked at #98 on the Billboard 200 and #45 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Jermaine scored his last Top 40 hit with the title song, which peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #15 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. In the UK, the song peaked at #7 on the UK Singles chart.
The follow-up single, "Get Lucky" didn't chart at all on the Billboard Hot 100, but managed to peaked at #69 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks. The song was moderately successful in the UK, peaking at #13 on the UK Singles chart.

The third single, "Don't Talk Dirty To Me" peaked at #61 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.
The last single from the album "Is It Really Love?" failed to make the charts in either the United States or the United Kingdom.
In 1989, Jermaine released his fourth and last album for Arista Records, "What Becomes a Legend Most" which failed to chart at all on the Billboard charts.
The first single, "Tren De Amour" peaked at #97 on the UK Singles Chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks. It was also featured on the soundtrack to the 1989 film "She-Devil."
The last single, "Every Woman Wants To" peaked at #95 on the UK Singles Chart, staying on the chart for only a week. During that same year, Jermaine sang the song, "Hot and Cold" which was featured in the closing credits of the movie, "Weekend at Bernie's."

In 1992, Jermaine teamed up with Chicago music producer, Jesse Saunders for his last album, "Set Me Free" on Reprise Records. Due to the flop of the title track released as a single, the album was shelved, but there are some copies of it existing on cassette.

On March 17, 1997, Jermaine passed away of AIDS-related liver cancer at only 39 years old in the Chicago suburb of Homewood, Illinois. In 2005, his brother released a compliation album on his own record label in Ohio.

To see the music video for "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk43HowkOw4

To see the music video for "The Word is Out," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WkU3bAdo60

To see the music video for "Jody," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH7F3ge3q7Y

To see the music video for "Say it Again," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dYjolgq0gM

To see the music video for "Get Lucky," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1LfOftR8dE


[updated on 05\07\12]

1 comment:

Jebb said...

I didn't really like "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" at the time that it was out, but I have come to appreciate it as a pop gem.