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We are sad to report that Johnny Kemp, the singer of the R&B classic “Just Got Paid” has died. He was 55. More inside…

Johnny Kemp, the R&B singer who had a “surprise” #1 record in 1988 has died at the age of 55. While earlier reports by a Bahamas local newspaper stated that he passed away during The Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage cruise, we received a statement from Reach Media Inc., disputing those reports. As told to,

“We have received confirmation that Johnny Kemp has passed away. We do not have any other details. We can confirm he was not on the ship for the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise.”

Born on August 2, 1959, Johnny was a Bahamian singer who honed his chops singing in nightclubs in the Bahamas at the age of 13. According to Bahamas Weekly, he moved to New York in 1979 and released his self-titled debut album came out in 1986, featuring the minor hit with “Just Another Lover.”

Johnny made his mark on music in 1988 when he wrote the lyrics for a Teddy Riley-instrumental that was intended for Keith Sweat. Keith ultimately passed on the song, which became “Just Got Paid”, but Johnny’s vocal hit the radio and eventually the top of the charts. Going #1 R&B and #10 pop, the crossover anthem is often the theme song of homes across the country on the 1st and the 15th.

In memory of Mr. Kemp….go cash those checks on this good Friday and watch Johnny’s classic here:

Photo via Johnny Kemp’s Twitter

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