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New Jack Swing Hall Of Fame:
Johnny Gill

Johnny Gill grew up singing gospel with his family and had many influneces such as Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, and Teddy Pendergrass. It was singer and longtime friend, Stacy Lattisaw convinced him to put his incredible talent to good use and released his first single "Super Love" circa 1982-83. Gill then collaborated with Stacy on a duet album giving him his first taste of success with the songs "Perfect Combination" and "Baby It's You." In 1985, Johnny had another hit with the meloncholy "Half Crazy," but 1987 would take Johnny's career to new heights when he joined the R&B/teen pop group, New Edition and gave the group a brand new and more mature sound with the successfully Jam & Lewis produced Heart Break album in 1988. Johnny shines particularly on the songs "Can You Stand The Rain" and "Boys To Men."

In 1989 when N.E. disbanded, Johnny went on to have a successful solo career, belting out New Jack hits like, "Rub You The Right Way," "Fairweather Friend", "Wrap My Body Tight" and "The Floor." But it was his ballads like "My,My,My," "Lady Dujour," "Giving My All To You," and "Long Way From Home" that made him a bonafied superstar, and industry heavyweight. Two years after the New Edition reunion, Johnny joined a new R&B supergroup group called LSG with Keith Sweat and Gerald LeVert. LSG scored with hits like "My Body" and "Door #1."

Johnny Gill re-joined New Edition for their 2004 One Love album released on Bad Boy. While the album did not perform as well as perhaps either Bad Boy or New Edition would have liked, Johnny has remained with the group and has most recently (2008/2009) joined fellow bandmates Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant as one of the Heads Of State on their Summit Tour.

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