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Jermaine Stewart


Miami Vice Performer
September 7, 1957, Columbus, Ohio
March 17, 1997, Homewood, Illinois (age 39, AIDS complications)

William Jermaine Stewart (September 7, 1957 - March 17, 1997) was an American R&B singer whose song "Don't Talk Dirty to Me" was performed live in the episode "Bad Timing" of the series Miami Vice.


Stewart began his career as a dancer on the R&B-based TV show Soul Train in the mid 1970s, then moved on to be a backing vocalist in the R&B group Shalamar, and recorded backing vocals on Culture Club's 1983 album Colour by Numbers, for which the band members arranged for Stewart to get a recording contract. His debut album, The Word is Out, released in 1984, had the title track just miss the Billboard Top 40, reaching #41. 1986's Frantic Romantic included the Top 10 single "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" as well as "Jody", inspired by Shalamar's Jody Watley. 1988's Say it Again featured the title track, which was his second and final Top 40 single, and "Don't Talk Dirty to Me", which was a big hit in Europe. His fourth album, called What Becomes A Legend Most, was released in 1989 and included "Hot and Cold", which was in the movie Weekend at Bernie's. His fifth album, Set Me Free, was recorded in 1992 but never released.


Stewart died of AIDS complications (liver cancer) on March 17, 1997, in Homewood, Illinois at the age of 39.