The Jets 1985

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The Jets

The ‘magic’ of The Jets: We had a crush on them…cross by broken heart!

by Christopher Smith

The family Wolfgramm, eight of the seventeen(!) children of Maikeli and Vaké Wolfgramm from Minneapolis, ages 20-12, are what we know as The Jets. The group were ‘discovered’ by Don Powell of British group Slade and given a record contract by MCA. They released their first single “Curiosity” in 1985 which made an appearance on the US dance chart and was a minor hit in New Zealand and the UK.

It was their second release “Crush On You” that brought them out into the open when it peaked at No.3 on the singles chart and No.4 on the dance chart and got to No.5 in the UK in early 1986. The groups self-titled debut album would go on to be Platinum certified in America selling over a million copies and brining in a second top three hit “You Got It All”, which topped the adult contemporary chart.

Following a Christmas album in 1986, The Jets released “Magic” the following year which became Gold certified and bore six hit singles including “Cross My Broken Heart” (No.7), “Rocket 2 U” (No.6) and “Make It Real” (No.4), although international success was now confined to Canada as the group struggled to retain the audience they had initially captured with “Crush On You”.

“Make It Real” had given them a second chart topper on the adult contemporary chart whilst “Sendin’ All My Love” would top the dance chart in 1988. The following year they released their third studio album “Believe” but the singles “You Better Dance” and “The Same Love” would not be so successful and the album stalled at No.107 on the Billboard top 200. The group mounted three successful world tours during this time playing to hundreds of thousands of adoring fans across America and Canada as well as performing “The Star Spangled Banner” at the 1987 Baseball World Series, The 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and the 1991 Stanley Cup in Bloomington, Minnesota.

In 1990 the group released a “Best Of” collection together with two new recordings, “Special Kinda Love” and “Forever In My Life” but were dropped by MCA soon after. If you think that was the end of The Jets, well, the continued to record and release albums independently with “Love People” in 1995 and “Love Will Lead The Way” in 1997. Over the years, the group dwindled in performing member from eight to five and released another greatest hits album in 2004 before a new album “Reunited” ten years later, blending six new songs with re-recordings of their four biggest hits.

In 2015 the group reformed to perform 30th anniversary shows in The Philippines and in Orem, Utah. Their influence has stood the test of time with the likes of Britney Spears (“You Got It All”), Aaron Carter (“Crush On You”) and Nayobe (“Make It Real”) recording their version of Jets’ songs for their respective albums, with Carter taking his version of “Crush” back into the UK top ten as well as in Australia, Germany and Norway!

The Jets today

Stay in touch with The Jets through their official FACEBOOK page

Take a look at all our other Where Are They Now posts and don’t forget to follow the playlist!

If you enjoy what you read on this site – feel free to donate and show your support…click to donate any amount you like, every little helps – and don’t forget to download the App!

Looking for the perfect gift for a music lover like you – check out My First Record for a poptastic present!

Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
%d bloggers like this: