On this day in 1997: dancer & singer Jermaine Stewart dies of AIDS-related liver cancer at 39 years old. Stewart started his career as a dancer on “American Bandstand” and “Soul Train”, before touring as a dancer and background vocalist for groups such as Shalamar, The Staple Singers, The Temptations and The Chi-Lites. Stewart sang back-up vocals for Culture Club on their hit single “Miss Me Blind” before landing his own record deal. He is best known for his 1986 single ““We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off,” which reached #5
on the Billboard Hot 100, and his 1987 hit “Say It Again”, which climbed to #27
on the Hot 100. The former hit has been covered or sampled by artists such as Gym Glass Heroes, Mase, Ciara, and Ella Eyre.
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