Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Jonzun Crew

The Jonzun Crew were an R&B funk\ hip-hop group from the early 80's consisting of singer Michael Johnson and his brothers, Maurice Starr & Soni Johnson along with Carl (whose nickname was "Captain Fingers").
In 1982, the group released their first single, "Pack Jam (Look Out for The OVC)" which peaked at #13 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart and #36 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
A year later in 1983, the Jonzun Crew released their debut album, "Lost in Space" which peaked at #66 on the Billboard 200 and #17 on Billboard's R&B albums chart.
Their second single, "Space Cowboy" peaked at #12 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart, but didn't chart on the dance charts at all.
The third single, "Space is the Place" peaked at #31 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart and #63 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
The last single from the album, "We are The Jonzun Crew" which peaked at #37 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart.
In 1984, the Jonzun Crew released their sophomore album, "Down to Earth" which wasn't quite as successful as their debut album.
In 1990, the Jonzun Crew's last album to date, "Cosmic Love" was released to little success. It's unknown how well it did.

Maurice Starr and Michael Johnson went onto help boy bands New Edition and New Kids on the Block to fame. Michael had a moderate solo career under the name "Michael Jonzun" and worked on various artists' releases.

To see a fan-made video for "Space Cowboy," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5pl-tq1jkI

To see a fan-made video for "We Are the Jonzun Crew," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL_58CNsAic

To see a fan-made video for "Pack Jam," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYuJ3ULwA9s

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