Tyrone Brunson (born Calvin Tyrone Brunson on March 22, 1956 in Washington, DC– died May 25, 2013 in Washington, DC) was an American male singer/musician, who played the bass guitar. One of his most successful singles was an electro instrumental titled “The Smurf“, which reached #14 on the R&B charts in 1983 and led to further dance records about The Smurfs. Released on the Mercury Records label in the UK, the single entered the UK singles chart on 3 July 1982, and rose to a high of number 50; it remained in the charts for 4 weeks. “The Smurf” appeared on Brunson’s debut album, Sticky Situation, and the follow-up single was the album’s title track, which reached #25 on the R&B chart.
The following year (1984), Brunson released his second album, Fresh. While the title track reached #22 on the R&B chart, no other singles made a significant dent on the chart. Three years later, Brunson released a third album, Love Triangle, but with no successful forthcoming singles, the album fizzled on the charts.
After leaving the music business in the 1990s, he became an IT instructor. Tyrone Brunson died on May 25, 2013,