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The Jets are a family band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, composed of brothers and sisters who officially formed in 1985.

Background

The original band consisted of the eight oldest children of Maikeli “Mike” and Vaké Wolfgramm. Mike and Vaké, who have 17 children in total, fifteen by birth and two by adoption, are originally from the South Pacific island kingdom of Tonga. The family is of Tongan, Fijian, and German ancestry. They are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Original lineup

* LeRoy (born Jul 19, 1965) – electric guitar
* Eddie (born Aug 14, 1966) – tenor saxophone, percussion
* Eugene (born Sept 24, 1967) – vocals, conga, alto saxophone
* Haini (born Jan 25, 1968) – bass guitar
* Rudy (born Mar 1, 1969) – drums
* Kathi (born Sept 6, 1970) – keyboards, percussion
* Elizabeth (born Aug 19, 1972) – vocals, keyboards, percussion
* Moana (born Oct 13, 1973) – vocals, keyboards, percussion

Successes

The original members of The Jets had a number of Billboard Hot 100 hits in the mid- to late-1980s, including five top 10 singles on the Hot 100 chart: “Crush on You”, “You Got It All”, “Cross My Broken Heart”, “Rocket 2 U” and “Make It Real”. “Sendin’ All My Love”, which peaked at #88 on the Hot 100, reached #1 on the Billboard dance chart; “You Got It All” and “Make It Real”, both ballads featuring lead vocals by Elizabeth Wolfgramm, were #1 hits on the Billboard adult contemporary chart. The band was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1988 for the song “Rocket 2 U”.

Appreciation

American pop singer Britney Spears recorded a cover version of “You Got It All” in 1997[1] which appears on international editions of her 2000 hit album Oops!… I Did It Again. Also, musical artists Arnee Hidalgo, Pinay and MYMP (Make Your Momma Proud) have covered the same song. Pop singer Aaron Carter covered their song “Crush on You” on his first album, which became a top 10 single in Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom in 1997. Singer Nayobe recorded a version of the song “Make It Real” which became a hit in Latin America. Furthermore, Exposé recorded a version of the song “The Same Love” for their self-titled 1992 album Exposé.

Discography

Albums

* The Jets (1985, MCA) #17 US (certified Platinum by the RIAA)
* Christmas with The Jets (1986, MCA)
* Magic (1987, MCA) #35 US (certified Platinum by the RIAA)
* Believe (1989, MCA) #107 US (certified Gold by the RIAA)
* The Best of The Jets (1990, MCA)
* Love People (1995, Liberty Park)
* Love Will Lead The Way (1997, Shadow Mountain)
* Then & Now (1998, K-tel)
* 20th Century Masters – Millennium Collection (2001, UME)
* All Their Best (2004, K-tel)
* Versatility (2006, digital release, UME)
* Greatest Hits Live (2007, Sony)
* Live, Hana Hou! (2009, K-tel)

Singles

1985     ”Curiosity”
1986     ”Crush on You”
1987     ”Christmas in My Heart”
1987     ”Private Number”
1987     ”You Got It All”
1987     ”Cross My Broken Heart”
1987     ”I Do You”
1988     ”Rocket 2 U”
1988     ”Make It Real”
1988     ”Sendin’ All My Love”
1988     ”Anytime”
1989     ”You Better Dance”
1989     ”The Same Love”
1990     ”Somebody To Love Me”
1990     ”Special Kinda Love”

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