Oran "Juice" Jones

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Oran "Juice" Jones
Birth name Oran Jones
Born (1957-03-28) March 28, 1957 (age 61)
Houston, Texas, United States
Genres R&B, soul, electro
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1986–1997
Labels Def Jam/Columbia
Tommy Boy

Oran "Juice" Jones (born March 28, 1957) is a retired American R&B singer.

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Harlem, New York.

Music Industry Career[edit]

Jones was the first musician signed to OBR Records, a subsidiary of Def Jam,[citation needed] and thus the very first R&B artist ever to sign to, much more record, for a record label oriented towards rap and/or hip hop at a time when rap and R&B were two so completely separate entities that it was then considered practically an insult to associate any rap artists with any genre remotely resembling R&B, whose "soothing" sounds clashed with hip hop's rebellious edge. Jones's signing with Def Jam's OBR subsidiary signaled a partnership between the two genres that continued as of early December 2016.

His song "The Rain" became a hit in 1986, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. He followed it with "How to Love Again," a duet with labelmate Alyson Williams.

Jones earned two Grammy nominations for "The Rain" and released two more albums, but failed to have significant follow-up success. Two of his children, his son Oran II, who has also gone by Mookie, and his daughter Perri, followed their father into the music business.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
U.S. 200 U.S. R&B
Juice 44 4
GTO: Gangsters Takin' Over 36
To Be Immortal
Player's Call


Year Song Peak chart positions Album
Hot 100
1986 "Curiosity" 45 Juice
"The Rain" 9 1 7 4
"You Can't Hide from Love" 75
1987 "Here I Go Again" 45
"Cold Spending My Money" 41 GTO: Gangsters Takin' Over
"I Just Can't Say Goodbye"
"Not on the Outside"
1989 "Pipe Dreams" 47 To Be Immortal
1990 "Shaniqua"
1997 "Poppin' That Fly" Player's Call
"Player's Call"


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