The Jets (band)

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The Jets
Birth name The Wolfgramm Family
Origin Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Genres Teen pop, pop rock, dance-pop, R&B, Latin freestyle, gospel
Years active 1985–present
Labels MCA, Shadow Mountain, Liberty Park
Associated acts Boys Club, My Sisters, I'Kona, Against the Season, Jett17
Website Official website
Members Elizabeth Wolfgramm
Haini Wolfgramm
Moana Wolfgramm
Eddie Wolfgramm
Rudy Wolfgramm
Kathi Wolfgramm
LeRoy Wolfgramm
Natalia Wolfgramm
Past members Eugene Wolfgramm

The Jets are an American family band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, composed of brothers and sisters who specialize in pop, R&B, and dance music, particularly Latin freestyle.

The group officially formed in 1985, with the original lineup fizzling out by 1990. Several members of the family stayed on throughout the 1990s, unofficially reviving the group in the mid to late 1990s as a gospel outfit with most of the original members present.

Various record companies have released collections of songs from the group's popular period, while the modern incarnation of the group continues to perform at various small venues, primarily casinos and private corporate functions.

Background[edit]

The original band consisted of the eight oldest children of Maikeli "Mike" and Vaké Wolfgramm, who have 17 children in total, fifteen by birth and two (Eddie and Eugene) by adoption, were originally from the South Pacific island kingdom of Tonga. The family is of Tongan, British, and German ancestry.[citation needed] They are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

Original lineup[edit]

  • LeRoy Wolfgramm (born July 19, 1965) – vocals, electric guitar
  • Eddie Wolfgramm (born August 14, 1966) – vocals, tenor saxophone, percussion
  • Eugene Wolfgramm (born September 24, 1967) – vocals, conga, alto saxophone
  • Heinrich "Haini" Wolfgramm (born January 25, 1968) – vocals, bass guitar
  • Rudolph Harold "Rudy" Wolfgramm (born March 1, 1969) – vocals, drums
  • Katherine "Kathi" Wolfgramm (born September 6, 1970) – vocals, keyboards, percussion
  • Elizabeth Wolfgramm (born August 19, 1972) – vocals, keyboards, percussion
  • Moana Wolfgramm (born October 13, 1973) – vocals, keyboards, percussion

Successes[edit]

The original members of The Jets had a number of Billboard Hot 100 hits in the mid- to late 1980s, including five top 10 singles on the Hot 100 chart—perhaps most notably the 1986 "Crush on You", which peaked at #3 in July 1986 on the USA Billboard Hot 100 (#5 UK, #4 US R&B, #4 US Dance). They are also known for the singles "You Got It All", "Cross My Broken Heart", "Rocket 2 U" and "Make It Real". "Sendin' All My Love", which peaked at #88 on the Hot 100, reached #1 on the Billboard dance chart; "You Got It All" and "Make It Real", both ballads featuring lead vocals by Elizabeth Wolfgramm, were #1 hits on the Billboard adult contemporary chart. The band was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1988 for the song "Rocket 2 U". "Crush on You", "You Got It All" and "Make It Real" continue to receive extensive airplay on urban "slow jam" formats, and also satellite radio.

Spin-off[edit]

In 1988, brother Eugene Wolfgramm (under the alias "Gene Hunt") and Joe Pasquale formed the duo Boys Club, which recorded for MCA Records. It released the song "I Remember Holding You", which reached #8 on the Hot 100, their most popular song. Eugene later reunited for the album The Best of The Jets (1990), but he and other siblings (Eddie, Elizabeth, Kathi) eventually left the band in succession. The band was also featured on the soundtrack for The Disney Afternoon, where they performed the Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers theme song. They also appeared on the soundtracks for "Burglar" (1987) ("Tough Guys"), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) ("Cross My Broken Heart"), The Karate Kid, Part III ("Under Any Moon") and The Family Man (2000) ("La La Means I Love You").

Other changes[edit]

Throughout the 1990s, the band introduced other members of the family to the band and turned more towards religious music, increasing their following among fellow Mormons. The current lineup includes founding member Haini and younger siblings Donnie, Natalia, Kelela, and Tiare. Although the original Jets themselves rarely perform together, some members are still busy in the music business. With the older sisters' group My Sisters, to Haini's group I'Kona, to the younger siblings' (Mika, Donnie, Kelela, and Tiare) called ATS (Against the Season), the family continues to make music in various forms.

In 2007, Kathi, Elizabeth and Moana, along with sisters Jennifer and Hinalei, released a gospel-themed album titled My Sisters.

Recent appearances[edit]

October 10, 2009, seven of the original band members reunited to perform at the Mega 80s & 90s Music Festival in Honolulu Hawaii at the Blaisdell Center Arena along with fellow MCA recording artists Ready for the World, The Covergirls, and EnVogue. The eighth member, Elizabeth was expecting and was unable to perform. She later gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Younger sister Natalia performed in her place.

On April 9, 2010, all the original members (except for Eugene) performed at the State Theatre in Minneapolis Minnesota. It was billed as their 25th Anniversary Reunion Show.

In 2013, LeRoy, Eddie, Haini, Rudy, Kathi, Liz and Moana along with Natalia are reforming as The Jets to release a new album called "Reunited". The new single is a remake of "Crush On You" and can be bought on all digital outlets.

Sporting event performances[edit]

The group performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the seventh game of the 1987 World Series, held in its hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and game three of the 1991 Stanley Cup Final in suburban Bloomington. The band also performed at both the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Influence[edit]

American pop singer Britney Spears recorded a cover version of "You Got It All" in 1997[1] which appears on international editions of her 2000 hit album Oops!... I Did It Again. Also, musical artists Arnee Hidalgo, Pinay and MYMP (Make Your Momma Proud) have covered the same song. Pop singer Aaron Carter covered their song "Crush on You" on his first album, which became a top 10 single in Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom in 1997. Singer Nayobe recorded a version of the song "Make It Real" which became a hit in Latin America. Furthermore, Exposé recorded a version of the song "The Same Love" for their self-titled 1992 album Exposé. More recently the UK electronic music act Nero sampled the song "Crush on You" for their 2011 album track of the same name.

"One Thing" by LawnChair Generals sampled The Jets's "Rocket 2 U".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications Record label
US
[2]
US
R&B

[2]
CAN
[3]
UK
[4]
1985 The Jets 17 16 77 57
  • US: Platinum [5]
MCA
1986 Christmas with The Jets
1987 Magic 35 26
1989 Believe 107 74
1995 Love People Liberty Park
1997 Love Will Lead the Way Shadow Mountain
1998 Then & Now K-tel
2006 Versatility Hip-O
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
2007 Greatest Hits Live

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details
1990 The Best of The Jets
  • Released: November 27, 1990
  • Label: MCA
2001 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Jets
  • Released: October 9, 2001
  • Label: MCA
2004 All Their Best
  • Released: August 8, 2004
  • Label: K-tel

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[2]
US
R&B

[2]
US
Dan

[2]
US
A/C

[2]
AUS
[6]
CAN
[3]
NLD
[7]
NZ
[8]
UK
[4]
1985 "Curiosity" 8 21 23 41 The Jets
1986 "Crush on You" 3 4 4 9 43 5
"Private Number" 47 28
"Christmas in My Heart" Christmas with The Jets
"You Got It All" 3 2 1 11 79 The Jets
1987 "Cross My Broken Heart" 7 11 8 17 32 Magic
"I Do You" 20 19 68
1988 "Rocket 2 U" 6 5 3 79 12 90 69
"Make It Real" 4 24 1 6
"Sendin' All My Love" 88 72 1
"Anytime" 98 35
1989 "You Better Dance" 59 73 28 Believe
"The Same Love" 87 15
1990 "Somebody to Love Me" 35
"Under Any Moon"
"Special Kinda Love" 83 The Best of The Jets
"Forever in My Life"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Previous tours[edit]

  • 1985–1986: The Jets World Tour
  • 1986: Christmas with The Jets World Tour
  • 1987–1988: Magic World Tour
  • 1989: Believe World Tour

References[edit]

  1. ^ Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry ... - Steve Knopper - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "US Charts > The Jets". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  3. ^ a b "CAN Charts > The Jets". RPM. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  4. ^ a b "UK Charts > The Jets". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  5. ^ a b "US Certifications > The Jets". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  6. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ "NLD Charts > The Jets". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  8. ^ "NZ Charts > The Jets". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 

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