The Jets (Minnesota band)

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The Jets (Minnesota band)
Place of origin Minneapolis
Genres rhythm and blues

The Jets
Birth nameThe Wolfgramm Family
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Years active1985–present
LabelsMCA, Shadow Mountain, Liberty Park
MembersLeRoy Wolfgramm
Eddie Wolfgramm
Eugene Wolfgramm
Haini Wolfgramm
Rudy Wolfgramm
Kathi Wolfgramm
Elizabeth Wolfgramm
Moana Wolfgramm

The Jets are a Tongan-American family band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, composed of brothers and sisters LeRoy, Eddie, Eugene, Haini, Rudy, Kathi, Elizabeth, and Moana Wolfgramm, who perform pop, R&B, and dance music. They started performing as a family band in 1977. The group enjoyed worldwide success in 1985–1990, performing three world tours, and producing five top-10 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Background[edit | edit source]

The original band consisted of the eight oldest children of Maikeli "Mike" and Vaké Wolfgramm, who were originally from Tonga. The family has 17 children: 15 by birth, and two, Eddie and Eugene, by adoption. The children attended Robbinsdale Cooper High School. The family are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The band initially called themselves Quasar

Career[edit | edit source]

The original members of the Jets had a number of Billboard Hot 100 hits, five of which reached the top ten, including the 1986 single "Crush on You", The band was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1988 for the song "Rocket 2 U" that featured lead vocals by Haini Wolfgramm. The Jets also performed the theme song for Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers in 1989.

The group performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the seventh game of the 1987 World Series, held in their hometown of Minneapolis, and at Game 3 of the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals in suburban Bloomington. The band also performed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Recent appearances[edit | edit source]

  • On October 10, 2009, seven of the original band members reunited to perform at the Mega 80s & 90s Music Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii along with fellow MCA recording artists Ready for the World, the Cover Girls and En Vogue.
  • On April 9, 2010, all of the original members except Eugene performed at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. It was billed as their 25th-anniversary reunion show.
  • In 2015, the band celebrated its 30th anniversary with performances in Manila and Cebu, Philippines.

Line-up[edit | edit source]

The Jets' original lineup consisted of eight of the siblings.

Pop singer Aaron Carter included "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 "Make It Real" that became a hit in Latin America. Exposé recorded a version of "The Same Love" on their 1992 self-titled album. More recently, the UK electronic music act Nero sampled "Crush on You" on their 2011 track of the same name.

The Jets and the Jets Original Family Band[edit | edit source]

As of 2022, there are two touring groups of Jets, which include original members:

  • The Jets: Elizabeth, Eddie, Kathi, Moana
  • The Jets Original Family Band: Haini, LeRoy, Rudy

Discography[edit | edit source]

Studio albums[edit | edit source]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications Record label

1985 The Jets 21 16 77 57
  • US: Platinum
1986 Christmas with The Jets
1987 Magic 35 26
  • US: Gold



1985 "Curiosity" 8 21 23 41 The Jets
1986 "Crush on You" 3 4 4 9 43 5
"Private Number" 47 28
"You Got It All" 3 2 1 11 79
1987 "Cross My Broken Heart" 7 11 8 17 32 Magic
"I Do You" 20 19 68
1988 "Rocket 2 U" 6 5 3 79 12 90 69
"Make It Real" 4 24 1 6
"Anytime" 35
"Sendin' All My Love" 88 72 1
1989 "You Better Dance" 59 73 28 Believe
"The Same Love" 87 15
1990 "Somebody to Love Me"
"Under Any Moon" (re-issue)
"Special Kinda Love" 83 The Best of The Jets
1991 "Forever in My Life"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Tours[edit | edit source]

  • 1985–1986: The Jets World Tour
  • 1986: Christmas with The Jets World Tour
  • 1987–1988: Magic World Tour
  • 1989: Believe World Tour
  • 2015: The Jets - 30th Anniversary Concert

References[edit | edit source]

Ward, Brooke; Spencer, Jenny (September 18, 2014), "Johnny Lingo Cast, The Jets, and Other Mormon Celebs: Where They Are Now", LDS Living, Deseret Book