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S.O.S. Band

The S.O.S. Band hit with a two-million-selling single, "Take Your Time (Do It Right)," their first time out, before having several hit singles written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The Atlanta, GA-borne band was started in 1977, when keyboardist/vocalist Jason Bryant, saxophonists Billy Ellis and Willie "Sonny" Killebrew, guitarist Bruno Speight, bassist John Alexander Simpson, drummer James Earl Jones III, and lead vocalist Mary Davis formed a group called Santa Monica that played at Atlanta nightclub the Regal Room.

Their manager, Bunny Jackson-Ransom (who later managed Cameo), sent a demo to Clarence Avant, head of Tabu Records. After signing the band to Tabu, Avant suggested that the band work with songwriter/producer Sigidi Abdullah. Abdullah was curious as to why an Atlanta-based band named itself Santa Monica. Keyboardist Jason Bryant replied that the band had an enjoyable concert in Santa Monica, CA. Abdullah then came up with a new band name, the S.O.S. Band, with S.O.S. standing for "Sounds of Success."

Abdullah produced and co-wrote "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" with Harold Clayton, which went platinum, parking at number one R&B for five weeks and peaking at number three pop on Billboard's charts in spring 1980. The debut LP, S.O.S., went gold, selling over 800,000 copies and holding the number two R&B spot for three weeks. While the band was on its world tour, trumpeter/vocalist/percussionist Abdul Ra'oof joined them. Their second album, Too, went to number 30 R&B in summer 1981. On the band's third LP, S.O.S. Band III, they worked with producer Leon Sylvers III and the Time's Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The breaking single, "High Hopes," hit number 25 R&B in the fall of 1982 while the album went to number 27 R&B in late 1982.

On their fourth LP, On the Rise, Jam and Lewis took over the production chores. Scoring with the slammin' number two hit "Just Be Good to Me" and the number five beatbox ballad "Tell Me if You Still Care," On the Rise became their second gold album hitting number seven R&B in summer 1983. The formula continued working: Just the Way You Like It (including the number six R&B single "Just the Way You Like It") went to number six R&B in fall 1984 and Sands of Time (including the number two R&B hit "The Finest") went gold and hit number four R&B in spring 1986. Many of these releases as well as the sound of early releases of Chicago-borne house music helped to popularize the now-classic sound of Roland drum machine the TR-808.

In 1987, vocalist Mary Davis left the S.O.S. Band to pursue a solo career. The band recorded two more albums: Diamonds in the Raw (number 43 R&B in fall 1989), produced by Eban Kelly and Jimi Randolph, and One of Many Nights, produced by Curtis Williams. In August 1994, former lead vocalist Mary Davis reunited with Abdul Ra'oof and Jason Bryant, and together they reconstructed a new band with the same funky S.O.S. sound, appearing on comedian Sinbad's HBO concert specials and Rhino's various-artists set United We Funk issued October 5, 1999. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi
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SoS BaND NEvEr GETS OlD SHaUUUu rEaL MuZiK tHaT JaMZ OuT
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REAL MUSIC,I LOVE IT
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The Sounds of Success!!!
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O yeah luv SOS Band
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Yeah
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80's great then and even better now!
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Yea the 80 s was great we just didn't know it then...
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Let's do it!
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Love them!
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Awww wow! A 10 star classic!
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Take Your Time: I LOVE THIS SONG. OMG. THE WORDS IN THE LYRICS SOUND SO NICE RIGHT NOW. IT'S ABOUT TAKING TIME TO DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR PARTNER. JUST TAKING TIME PERIOD SOUNDS GOOD.
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Just the way you like it.......
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Oooooo....
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Real s**t...s.o.s in the ride always
Magic City
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SOS band baaaabbbyyy! ! !
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Love their music so much!
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Keep Playing this song , Bring back memory I loving it !!
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Absolutely luv this cd so I don't sound so old ��
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that what you call music
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Childhood foreal I miss the 80's
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Real music that's 4 real
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Im not turning you down
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You going always , Love that RB music it sound good to me !!!!������
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Nice tune
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What you know about that. Vintage soul. Didn't get paid like artists do today. So awesome. Do you still care
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Deborah@3223 7 6 7 8 . Tell me iv toi atoll café :-) my
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Tell me RACHEL do you still care about me cane 805
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The bassist John Simpson is fantastic. He's one of the baddest mfs I've heard play. I saw him live at Rochester Park in South Dallas with a doo rag on! The brother was in a zone for real. One of the best bands ever. Period.
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Take Your Time..Do It Right.
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Great group. Just like Con-Funk-Shu n .
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Tell me if u still care? :-)
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Can't wrong with sos band music all day perfect songs for my bbq rite now on a Sunday sos band!!!
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Me encanta cool
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Nobody does it like marvin
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I had the pleasure of seeing the sos band back in the day put on a really good show
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nyree.reid
Throw Back
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Brings back memory
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This is real music
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1980's stationed in Germany love this song brings it all home!!!!
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Whn I Hear This Song I Think Of Sleep Away camp.. Had Sooo Much FUN THANKS Mom 4 Those memories N 4 Sending US Away 4 Two months BEST Experience ever!!
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House party��
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Weekend girl,was my theme song 15yrs as traveled to see my baby
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I'm a weekend girl!!
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Good R&B music in the 80s , I miss those days.
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Take Your Time, Do it Right!!!!!!
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Dam this our s**t lil brother
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The bomb
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Facebook e tv
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Love s.o.s band
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