Make It Real

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"Make It Real"
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Single by The Jets
from the album Magic
B-side "So True" (Only on cassette single)
Released January 29, 1988
Format 7" single, 12" single, cassette single
Recorded 1987
Genre R&B, soul, adult contemporary
Length 4:16
Label MCA Records
Songwriter(s) Don Powell, Rick Kelly, Linda Mallah
Producer(s) Don Powell, Rick Kelly, Michael Verdick
The Jets singles chronology
"Rocket 2 U"
(1988)
"Make It Real"
(1988)
"Anytime"
(1988)
"Rocket 2 U"
(1988)
"Make It Real"
(1988)
"Anytime"
(1988)

"Make It Real" is a song by the American sibling group, The Jets, released as a single from their album, Magic in 1988.

"Make It Real" was the group's fifth (and, to date, final) top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it spent two weeks at number four in late June and early July 1988. On the adult contemporary chart, the song was the group's second number-one hit (following "You Got It All" from the previous year).[1] On the Hot Black Singles, "Make It Real" reached number twenty-four.[2]

Moana Wolfgramm of the Jets would recall: "'Make It Real' was given to us at the eleventh hour [i.e. last minute]. We needed a slow ballad [when] we were finishing up the last tracks for the 'Magic' album. Our manager Don Powell, Linda Mallah and Rick Kelly wrote this song and it was simple yet very catchy. I remember Liz [Elizabeth Wolfgramm] recorded it on the road after one of our shows, I think somewhere in Texas."[3] One of the two videos for "Make It Real" showed Elizabeth Wolfgramm singing in front of a basic blue screen background: although Elizabeth Wolfgramm was the only group member to sing on the track, still images of the other Jets were shown during the instrumental break. The other video features the entire band performing the song, with Elizabeth Wolfgramm standing in front of the other group members playing their individual instruments, interspersed with close-up shots of individual band members throughout the song.[4]

The B-side of the cassette single is a non-album track written and produced by oldest member LeRoy entitled "So True".

"Make It Real" reflects back upon a past relationship one year since the singer met her lover. The singer is reminded of the happy times in their relationship and wants another opportunity to rekindle the passion: I loved you / You didn't feel the same / Though we're apart, you're in my heart / Give me one more chance to make it real.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Make It Real"
  2. "So True" (Only on cassette single)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 4
US Billboard Hot Black Singles 24
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 126. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 581. 
  3. ^ "Back to the 80s: Interview with Moana Wolfgramm of The Jets - Kickin' it Old School". OldSchool.tblog. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ The Jets - "Make It Real" music video @YouTube.com Retrieved 4-25-2015.
  5. ^ "The Jets Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.

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Preceded by
"The Valley Road" by Bruce Hornsby & The Range
Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks number-one single
June 25, 1988 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Make Me Lose Control" by Eric Carmen