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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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Yessss. Singing: "I'm a weekend girl" Real music!
Ready to Party
Sounds Of Success...GR O W N N SEXY MUSIC!!
This is real music.
Dis is da music..... gt ta love it !
Bless u dena1993
Sounds so good!
I remember when I was a child this was happy music. Wu's up with music today. Its OK but so sad.
Smooth as silk......
DAM!!!!!!,MU S I C HAS CHANGED..... . .
:-( :-(
TAKES ME BACK!!!!:-)
Take your time and Just be good to me will always be my favorites
The Finest is my favorite all time song
Hey it tastes like candy
We YOU still continue to be on my side
rangoslap82
chuckii was so tough ...still is . funk was illegal in 7 states back then . A real bad dude . His old tunes are a great music memory
Great
still awesome..
margiegalavi z
one of my favorites..
tomman30
way back in the Day! How I miss those jams in that time.
Back in the Day!!!
charleneh0
This was the sound,the sound back in the days !!
dena_1993
i'm only 20yrs old & i love this band!!
I you sis band
Outstanding music, 80's music Rock!!
grew up lovin' this!!!
Sey that's all I can say
cochrantampa
My kind of music...aaah h h . . r e f r e s h i n g . 80´s Baby all day!
80s baby.. I love sos.. I miss this musicm. Not the same nomo
Great song!
Ifeelyou
Thisismy jam
Yougo
Mzrvin gay
Deniseblackb e r r y tell me if u still me if u still care
Deniseblackb e r r y I love the sos band for every weekend girl WOW LOVEING THAT
Real music!! Love me S.O.S
I LOVE SoS! So glad I grew up when I did..Kinda feel sorry for the young teens these days
misslac79
I still have a few of their cassettes. lol
told u stanfordthor n t o n 8 l e o s got cha.i use to try djaing ha.mid nite passion
Luv luv..just listen to my heart beat. . Sos
Love the S.O.S Band!! I need to see them featured on "Unsung"
Smooth and sweet.
my fav band to this day
SOS..Lives on & on thru their Music...Now this was/is real music
the 70s is real music that has history with our brake through if you understand
Still love this music like I did years ago. Much love and props to Pastor John Simpson of this group doing big things for the Lord now!
f.stanback12
This when music was music brings back great memories
that use to be my song
mattyt2100
Omg what a song..it was a lifestyle! The best!
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