Jody (song)

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"Jody"
Single by Jermaine Stewart
from the album Frantic Romantic
B-side Dance Floor
Released 1986
Format 7" single, 12" single
Genre Pop
Length 3:40
Label 10 Records, Arista Records, Virgin Records
Writer(s) Jermaine Stewart, Narada Michael Walden, Jeffrey Cohen
Producer(s) Narada Michael Walden
Jermaine Stewart singles chronology
"Frantic Romantic"
(1986)
"Jody"
(1986)
"Don't Ever Leave Me"
(1987)
Alternative Cover
UK cover of "Jody".
Alternative Cover
UK 2x12" vinyl cover of "Jody".

"Jody" is pop vocalist Jermaine Stewart's third of three singles from 1986. The song was included on Stewart's second album Frantic Romantic.

"Jody" continued Stewart's commercial success in both America and the UK. Although the single wasn't a huge hit, it was a moderate hit single in both countries. In the UK, the single failed to enter the top 40, peaking only at #50 for a total of four weeks.[1]

In America, the single became Stewart's most successful single on the dance charts, peaking at #9. The single became Stewart's third single to enter the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #42. In Canada, the single made a small appearance on the chart, peaking at #81.[2]

The previous single "Frantic Romantic" failed to make any impact in Europe.[3] The "Frantic Romantic" single was not released in America. In America, "Jody" was the follow-up to Stewart's biggest hit "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off".

A promotional video was created for the single. In America, Stewart performed the song on American TV show "Soul Train". Originally before his fame as a singer, Stewart had gained recognition as a dancer on the very same show. He also performed the song on the American musical variety show "American Bandstand" along with "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off".

The song "Jody" was inspired by Jody Watley of American music group Shalamar who Stewart was a backing vocalist and dancer for in the early 1980s. Watley went on to co-write two of Stewart's 1988 singles "Don't Talk Dirty to Me" and "Is It Really Love?" with her husband of the time André Cymone. Cymone would work with Stewart on his third album "Say It Again".

"Jody" was written by Stewart, Narada Michael Walden and Jeffrey Cohen. Walden is a well-known American producer, drummer, singer, and songwriter. Walden previously co-wrote "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" with Preston Glass in 1986 which became Stewart's biggest hit.

The b-side for the single "Dance Floor" appeared on the same album "Frantic Romantic", written by Stewart and Roy Carter.[4] Carter was rhythm guitarist for the disco band Heatwave before leaving to pursue a career in record production.

For the single, various remixes of "Jody" were released along with a limited edition 2x12" vinyl that included two remixes of "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off".[5]

Formats[edit]

7" Single
  1. "Jody" - 3:40
  2. "Dance Floor" - 4:43
12" Single (American/Canadian release)
  1. "Jody (Dance Mix)" - 5:33
  2. "Jody (Dub Mix)" - 6:09
  3. "Dance Floor (Extended Version)" - 6:38
  4. "Jody (Single Version)" - 3:40
12" Single (European release)
  1. "Jody (Dance Version)" - 5:24
  2. "Jody (Dub Version)" - 5:56
  3. "Dance Floor" - 4:44
Limited Edition 2x12" Single
  1. "Jody (Dance Version)" - 5:24
  2. "Dance Floor" - 4:44
  3. "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off (Remixed Version)" - 5:45
  4. "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off (Remixed Dub Version)" - 6:40

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart[6] 81
UK Singles Chart[1] 50
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 42
U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart[2] 9
U.S. Billboad R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart[8] 18

Personnel[edit]

  • Producer on "Jody" - Narada Michael Walden
  • Producer on "Dance Floor" - John "Jellybean" Benitez
  • Remixer on "Jody (Dance Mix)" - Arthur Baker
  • Remix Engineer on "Jody (Dance Mix)" - Alan Meyerson
  • Editor on "Jody (Dance Mix)" - Benji Candelario
  • Remixer on "Jody (Dub Mix)" - Arthur Baker
  • Remix Engineer on "Jody (Dub Mix)" - Alan Meyerson
  • Editor on "Jody (Dub Mix)" - Benji Candelario
  • Producer on "Dance Floor (Extended Version)" - John "Jellybean" Benitez
  • Editor on "Dance Floor (Extended Version)" - Chep Nunez
  • Remixer on "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" - Lewis A. Martineé
  • Writers of "Jody" - Jermaine Stewart, Narada Michael Walden, Jeffrey Cohen
  • Writers of "Dance Floor" - Jermaine Stewart, Roy Carter
  • Writers of "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" - Narada Michael Walden, Preston Glass

References[edit]