Oran “Juice” Jones
Oran “Juice” Jones was the first musician signed to OBR Records, a subsidiary of Def Jam (which is now part of Universal Music Group) and thus the very first R&B artist ever to sign to, much more record, for a record label oriented towards rap and/or hip hop at a time when rap and R&B were two so completely separate entities that it was then considered practically an insult to associate any rap artists with any genre remotely resembling R&B, whose "soothing" sounds clashed with hip hop's rebellious edge.
His song "The Rain" became a hit in 1986, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. It ranks him on VH1's top 100 One Hit Wonders of the 80's. He followed it with "How to Love Again," a duet with labelmate Alyson Williams.
Jones earned two Grammy nominations for "The Rain".