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“Huge Tongan family act whose simple synth-dance singles were tailor-made for the late-1980s pop charts.” All Music

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“Eighties teenyboppers the Jets came from an extremely large family (17 children overall) and were comprised of eight of the family’s brothers and sisters — Leroy, Eddie, Eugene, Haini, Rudy, Kathi, Elizabeth, and Moana Wolfgramm (their parents originally emigrated to the U.S. from the South Pacific nation of Tonga, in 1965, but their offspring were raised in Minneapolis). From 1986 though 1989, the Jets enjoyed several dance-pop hits (tops being “Crush on You” and “You Got It All”), as well as several full-length albums, two of which (their 1986 self-titled debut and 1987’s Magic) obtained gold and/or platinum certification. But like all past bubblegum acts, the Jets’ shelf life proved to be fleeting, as the hits dried up shortly thereafter (the first member to leave the group was Eugene, who split in 1988 to form Boys Club with Joe Pasquale, going by the name Gene Hunt). Although little was heard from the Jets during the early ’90s, most of the group had re-formed by the latter part of the decade as a more gospel-oriented outfit, issuing such albums as 1997’s Love Will Lead the Way. By the dawn of the 21st century, the other brothers and sisters of the family who were too young to join in on the fun during the ’80s had formed their own group, imaginatively called…the Jetts.” ~ Greg Prato & Steve Huey, Rovi

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“A family act originally from the Polynesian island of Tonga, the Jets are eight of the 14 children of Mike and Vake Wolfgramm. The family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, USA but eventually settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The oldest boy, Leroy, began showing musical interest as a young child and joined a club act including some of his uncles when he was aged 11. Leroy and several of his sisters formed their first group, Quasar, in 1978, performing as a Polynesian act at restaurants in the Midwest. In 1984 the group signed with Don Powell, once a manager of the Jacksons. They eventually grew to eight, featuring Leroy, Eddie, Rudy, Haini, Kathi, Moana and Elizabeth Wolfgramm, the last providing lead vocals on many of their hits. The eighth member, Eugene, left the group in 1988 to form a duo, Boys Club, with Joe Pasquale, earning them a US Top 10 hit that same year with ‘I Remember Holding You’. The Jets’ first US Top 5 hit, ‘Crush On You’ in 1986, which was later a 1987 Top 5 hit in the UK, made them teen sensations. The group continued their success in the USA with four further Top 10 hits, ‘You Got It All’ (number 3), ‘Cross My Broken Heart’ (number 7), ‘Rocket 2 U’ (number 6) and ‘Make It Real’ (number 4), but their albums did not fare as well. By the end of the 80s the appeal of the Jets had lessened considerably. Leroy, Haini and Rudy continued to lead the Jets in the following decade, adopting a more gospel-orientated approach on albums such as 1997’s Love Will Lead The Way.” Oldies dot com

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