One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1986 – Oran “Juice” Jones

“The Rain” by Oran “Juice” Jones

Oran “Juice” Jones hit it big with his crossover single, “The Rain”, off of his debut album Juice. The song reached #1 on the Billboard R&B chart for two weeks, making it the first #1 R&B hit issued by the then newly created Def Jam record label. It peaked at #9 on the mainstream charts on November 15, 1986.

Unfortunately, Oran could not follow-up on the song’s success, and retired after his third album flopped. He took care of his terminally ill mother, and raised a family. Jones contributes to a number of hip hop blogs, including Houston’s and Global Grind.

“The Rain” is ranked #63 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the ’80s. During the show, Jones was asked about his one-hit wonder status. His reply was: “He came, he saw, he conquered, he moved on. You dig?” Let’s Return to the ’80s when Oran “Juice” Jones came, saw and conquered, with his hit “The Rain”:

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