"Just Got Paid" - Johnny Kemp
from the album Secrets Of Flying (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11
Today's song of the day comes from (the late) singer Johnny Kemp, who was born in the Caribbean nation of the Bahamas and moved to New York at 20 years old. After singing backup for a few R&B/disco acts, he scored a solo record deal, releasing his self-titled debut album in 1986. A single from the album, "Just Another Lover", climbed to #14 on the R&B chart and #26 on Billboard's Dance Club Play list. Two years later, Johnny recorded his sophomore disc, Secrets Of Flying. The lead single was originally one intended for new jack swing king Keith Sweat, and was co-written by that genre's master producer Teddy Riley and Aaron Hall (from Riley's group Guy) along with Kemp's lyrics of the joy of spending your new paycheck, it became the weekend party anthem of the year, and one of the rare new jack songs that sound fresh even these days...
"Just Got Paid" became Kemp's first top-40 pop hit, reaching the top ten in August of 1988. The single went all the way to #1 on Billboard's R&B chart for two weeks, and also topped their Dance Club Play chart for a week. Over in the UK, the single was a minor hit at #68.
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And here's the extended version that topped the dance chart in June of 1988...
...and finally, Kemp singing with Keith Sweat and new jack swing all-star backup crew...
Up tomorrow: A Cuban-American band is counting down.