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Jermaine Stewart was an R&B singer and dancer throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. He performed on the iconic show, "Soul Train," during his teen years before going on to be a back-up singer for stars like The Temptations and Boy George. He went on to sign a solo deal in the mid ‘80s. During this time period, he had three top five R&B hits.
Ironically, his most popular song didn’t top the R&B charts. “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” rose as high as number five on the pop charts, but was not well received by the R&B community. Gym Class Heroes of course sampled the song later in their chart topper, “Clothes Off.” The song featured Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump singing the infamous refrain.
Sadly, Stewart fell prey to the AIDS virus. He passed away in 1997, losing a fight with Liver Cancer related to his AIDS condition. He was only 37 at the time.