Monday, July 14, 2008

The Jets

The Jets is a family band from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Maikeli "Mike" and Vake Wolfgramm have seventeen children (fifteen by birth and two [Eddie & Eugene] by adoption), but the band consisted of the eight oldest children of the family:
  • LeRoy Wolfgramm (born July 19, 1965), who sang and played electric guitar.
  • Eddie Wolfgramm (born August 14, 1966), who sang and played tenor saxophone & percussion.
  • Eugene Wolfgramm (born September 24, 1967), who sang and played conga & alto saxophone.
  • Haini (born Heinrich Wolfgram on January 25, 1968), who sang and played bass guitar.
  • Rudy (born Rudolph Harold Wolfgramm on March 1, 1969), who sang and played the drums.
  • Kathi (born Katherine Wolfgramm on September 6, 1970), who sang and played keyboards & percussion.
  • Elizabeth (born August 19, 1972), who sang and played keyboards & percussion.
  • Moana (born October 13, 1973), who also sang and played keyboards & percussion.
The younger siblings of the Wolfgramm family are Donnie, Mika, Natalia, Kelela and Tiare.

The Wolfgramm family is of Tongan, British & German ancestry and are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).
In 1985, the group released their self-titled debut album on MCA Records. The album peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 and #16 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Curiosity" peaked at #21 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #8 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.

In the U.K., the song peaked at #41 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single, "Crush on You" became a hit, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #17 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 21 weeks.

In the U.K., the song peaked at #5 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The third single from the album, "Private Number" peaked at #47 on the Billboard Hot 100, #21 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #28 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The fourth and last single from the album, "You Got It All" peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 23 weeks, and topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.

In the U.K., the song peaked at #79 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In 1986, the Jets released their second album, "Christmas With the Jets" which didn't appear to make the charts.

The single, "Christmas in My Heart" was released as an airplay-only single (but it was released as a single in Japan).
In 1987, the Jets released their third album, "Magic" which peaked at #35 on the Billboard 200 and #26 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Cross My Broken Heart" peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, #8 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #19 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #11 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.

The song was featured on the "Beverly Hills Cop II" movie soundtrack.
The second single from the album, "I Do You" peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100, #39 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #19 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The third single, "Rocket 2 U" peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #5 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

In the U.K., the song peaked at #69 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The fourth single from the album, "Make it Real" peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, #24 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks, and topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.

The Spanglish version, "Allá Tu" (which included lyrics in English and Spanish) peaked at #8 on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart.
The fifth single, "Sendin' All My Love" peaked at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100, #72 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks, and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for a week in October of 1988.
The last single, "Anytime" peaked at #98 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart and #35 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.

The Jets were featured on "The Karate Kid, Part III" soundtrack with the song, "Under Any Moon" with Glenn Medeiros. They also sang the theme song to the Disney cartoon "Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers."

By 1988, Eugene left the Jets and formed music duo, Boys Club under the name "Gene Hunt."
In 1989, the Jets released their fourth album, "Believe" which peaked at #107 on the Billboard 200 and #74 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "You Better Dance" peaked at #59 on the Billboard Hot 100, #28 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, and #73 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
The second single, "The Same Love" peaked at #87 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #15 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.

The last single from the album, "Somebody to Love Me" peaked at #89 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart and #35 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
In 1990, the Jets released their greatest hits compliation album, "The Best of the Jets." It's unknown how or if the album charted. Eugene returned to the Jets for the album.
The only single released from the album, "Special Kinda Love" peaked at #83 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
In 1995, the Jets released their sixth album, "Love People" on the Liberty Park Records label, which didn't appear to make the charts at all.

Throughout the 90s, the Jets introduced other members of the family to the band and turned more toward religious music, increasing their following among fellow Mormons.
In 1997, the Jets released their seventh album, "Love Will Lead The Way" on the Shadow Mountain record label. By this point, not all of the original members were included.
In 1998, the Jets released their eighth album, "Then & Now" on K-Tel Records, which didn't sell nearly as well as their previous efforts, with only around 50,000 copies sold to date.

At this point, the band only had four of the original members remaining, but also had three new members, all younger siblings of the older members.

The album featured four new songs including "No Time to Lose", "The Truth", "Ooh Baby" and "Sacrifice."
In 2006, the Jets released the album, "Versatility" on Hip-O Records. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts. 

In 2007, Kathi, Elizabeth and Moana (along with sisters Jennifer and Hinalei) released a gospel album called "My Sisters."

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 Against The Season, the family continues to make music in various forms.

In October of 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 Cover Girls, and En Vogue.

At the time, Elizabeth was pregnant  and unable to perform. She later gave birth to a baby boy.

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

Even though the original Jets themselves rarely perform together, some of the 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 Against The Season, the Wolfgramm family continues to make music in various forms.

To see the music video for "Curiosity," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp2nekojP_w

To see the music video for "Crush on You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy10rRJ0Cuk

To see the music video for "Private Number," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWe6nORcaVw

To see the music video for "You Got It All," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVB7RTGLaGA

To see the music video for "Cross My Broken Heart," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhrqvTUZQLo

To see the music video for "I Do You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMGsgA2_d4g

To see the music video for "Rocket 2 U," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aphJ_rX5DIk

To see the music video for "Make it Real," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouOfSl2CFbY

To see a fan-made video for "Anytime," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-DjVPiyA2o

To see the music video for "You Better Dance," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWuGsxurpVU

To see the music video for "The Same Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPoCDrAYG5E

To see a fan-made video for "Somebody to Love Me," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWr9zIMeHMs

To see the music video for "Special Kinda Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYAu3iT4iCw


[updated on 02/26/13]

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