Tyrone Brunson (musician)

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Tyrone Brunson
Birth name Calvin Tyrone Brunson
Also known as Tyrone Brunson, Ty Brunson
Born (1956-03-22)March 22, 1956
Washington, DC, United States
Died May 25, 2013(2013-05-25) (aged 57)
Washington, DC, United States
Genres R&B, electro, funk, soul
Occupation(s) Singer, musician
Instruments Bass, keyboards, vocals
Labels Believe in a Dream, MCA

Tyrone Brunson (born Calvin Tyrone Brunson on March 22, 1956 in Washington, DC- died May 25, 2013 in Washington, DC)[1][2][3] was an American male singer/musician, who played the bass guitar. One of his most successful singles was an electro instrumental titled "The Smurf", which reached #14 on the R&B charts in 1983 and led to further dance records about The Smurfs.[4]


Released on the Mercury Records label in the UK, his song "The Smurf" entered the UK singles chart on July 3, 1982, and rose to a high of number 50; it remained in the charts for 4 weeks.[5] "The Smurf" appeared on Brunson's debut album, Sticky Situation, and the follow-up single was the album's title track, which reached #25 on the R&B chart.[6] The following year (1984), Brunson released his second album, Fresh. While the title track reached #22 on the R&B chart,[6] no other singles made a significant dent on the chart. Three years later, Brunson released a third album, Love Triangle, but with no successful forthcoming singles, the album fizzled on the charts.

After leaving the music business in the 1990s, he became an IT instructor.

Tyrone Brunson died on May 25, 2013.[1]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Sticky Situation (1983)
  • Fresh (1984)
  • Love Triangle (1987)


  1. ^ a b Respect 2013 @soulwalking.co.uk Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  2. ^ TYRONE BRUNSON- THE SMURF @YouTube.com (comments mention his full name and his date of birth) Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  3. ^ TYRONE BRUNSON obituary Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  4. ^ "The Smurfs", Vibe (Vibe Media Group) 11 (No. 8), August 2003: 164, ISSN 1070-4701, retrieved 2009-10-07 
  5. ^ Rice, Tim; Rice, Jonathan; Gambaccini, Paul (1990), Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness World Records and Guinness Publishing, ISBN 0-85112-398-8 
  6. ^ a b Tyrone Brunson- List of Charting Singles @Allmusic.com Retrieved September 4, 2010.

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