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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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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!
tomman30
damm! good stuff
A great song a great band , old school rules for this very reason.
Ho
Where that dame time machine !!!!!! I need to get in it !!!!!!!
Tell Me If You Still Care........ . #Soulful
mssabree9
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Underated song. Great lead vocals and beautiful production.
I been looking for a station like this for a while.
There music still sounds good after all these years...
I remember going to the Southern Heritage Festival during the summer. We had a blast seeing the SOS band, Atlantic Star, Teena Marie, The Gap Band and Rick James.
Yes SOS Band along with Skyy and Atlantic Starr. Great music always never get tired of it.
Ohhh the 80's...No worries!!!
808's 80's baby stand up !!!
One of the baddest bands ever!
Good music, good times!
Man the best music the 80's
bring back memories
S O S!!!
soul band out of atl
Take Your. Time. Do it right
I love this band sounds of success....
killerabbey3 0 4
All time faivoritr s,o,s band brightens ur day for any mood even a hot night with ur love l,o,l
Takes you back with fond memories
You ain"t never lied
This is the type of music that get the party going
Love their music!
The seventy a good time
Great song, Great group...They need more music like this
harleyd539
just don't make music like this anymore !!
One of my all time tracks from the sos band. All ways reminds me of being in Germany at the clubs! Totally awesome!!! That's the way I LIKE IT!!!
Tempered

Remoteness
Old school baby yes yall
My jam
Bring back good old memories of my moma and her. husband, r.i.p mom
Nothing like the old school jams!!!
The jam...
Old school . Back in the Day ....
S.O.S Band so smooth, so funky, yet so mello. That get down the road music.
80s summer music
good band
Love sos band
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