Chart Performance: Pop (#3), R&B (#2), and Adult Contemporary (#1); 1987
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
The history of rock ‘n’ roll is scattered with hit-making family singing groups, yet, none could compete with the Jets in number of children (17) and exotic birthplace (the South Pacific). In the mid-1960’s Maikeli “Mike” and Vake Wolfgramm moved their family from Tonga to Salt Lake City and then Minneapolis where Jets-to-be Leroy, Eddie, Eugene, Haini, Rudy, Kathi, Elizabeth, and Moana were raised. Under the tutelage of manager Don Powell, who’d also worked with Stevie Wonder and David Bowie, the Jets honed their performing skills. For their debut album on MCA, Powell received a song from his lawyer, who’d gotten it from another attorney, one of whose clients was Rupert Holmes. Holmes knew just a bit about hits, having topped the Top 40 in 1979 with Escape (Pina Colada Song). His submission – You Got It All – was a perfect match for Elizabeth’s voice, and she sang it into the Top 3 on all three mainstream music charts in March of 1987.
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- Don Powell
- David Rivkin
Lyrics Written by:
- Rupert Holmes