Monday, April 7, 2008

Oran "Juice" Jones

When you hear this guy's name, you'll be like "What kind of name is that?" But when you hear that Oran "Juice" Jones had a #1 R&B hit song, you'll probably won't care what his name is.

Oran "Juice" Jones (born on March 28, 1957 in Houston, Texas; raised in Harlem, New York) was an R&B singer from the 80's.

Before becoming a singer, he attended the United States Naval Academy where he graduated in 1981 and later became an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Juice became the first R&B musician signed to hip-hop record label, Def Jam Records (actually, he was signed to OBR Records, which is a subsidiary of Def Jam Records).
In 1986, he released his debut album, "Juice" which peaked at #44 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on October 7, 1991. It was also dedicated to his grandfather, who passed away in 1983.
The Juice's first charting single was "You Can't Hide From Love" which peaked at #75 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 5 weeks.
The Juice scored his biggest hit to date with his second single, "The Rain" which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for 2 weeks in September of 1986, staying on the chart for 21 weeks.

The remixed version of the song managed to peak at #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart. It also received 2 Grammy nominations and managed to peak at #4 on the U.K. Singles chart.
His second single, "Curiosity" peaked at #45 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The third single, "Here I Go Again" peaked at #45 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks. The last single, "1.2.1." failed to make the charts at all.
In 1987, Juice released his sophomore album, "GTO: Gangsters Takin' Over" which managed to peak at #36 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The only single to chart was "Cold Spendin' My Money" which peaked at #41 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

The album included a duet with singer Alyson Williams called "How to Love Again" which was also featured on her 1989 album, "Raw."
In 1989, Juice released his third album, "To Be Immortal" which failed to make the Billboard charts at all.
The only song to chart was "Pipe Dreams" which peaked at #47 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

After that, the Juice left the music business to care for his ailing mother, who was diagnosed with a terminal illness and to raise his family.
In 1997, the Juice released his fourth and final album, "Player's Call" on Tommy Boy Records in the U.K.
It was supposed to be his comeback album, but after the lead single, "Poppin' that Fly" failed to generate enough success and the flop of the album, the label shelved it. In March of 2007, Tommy Boy Records finally released the album in the United States.

Today, the Juice produces and scores music for commercials and independent movies along with contributing to various hip-hop music blogs.

He also helps out his son, Mookie (also known as Oran II) and his daughter, Perri with their own music careers.

To see the Juice's Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/oranjuicejones7

To follow the Juice on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/oranjuicejones7

To see the music video for "The Rain," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dZW1C3neao

To see the music video for "Cold Spending My Money," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7LCosFy-mw

To see a fan-made video for "You Can't Hide From My Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqQlkUppqmc

To see a fan-made video for "Curiosity," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpd5fkS2N_I

To see a fan-made video for "Here I Go Again," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltI1Y2cnACs

To see a fan-made video for "Pipe Dreams," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFKBdkdhUIA


[Updated on 08\04\12]

1 comment:

Machiventa said...

Thanks for the info. Apparently all of his albums are hard to find (at least in mp3 format). I've been able to track down his debut album and that's it.