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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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Take your time ( do it right ). O yea
This my jam right here
I still love you your forever on my mind
taniahalaby1 2
Walking
Mmm hmm Just the way you like it boy! Lol
Alllll looka here now love me some S.O.S. Band one of my favorite song's by them wonderful memories listening to this Go Pandora Go let's Rock Out say what
I WILL ALWAYS STOP TO LISTEN. Dance sing laugh smile! OH THE FLASHBACKS! Viva SOS BAND!
This was what Old School was all about. Music, guaranteed to get the party started
One of my favorites! Also "Just be Good" saw them a while back in concert.. Had a great time!!
blueyedmom00 7
Take Your Time, Do it Right!!! Another great dance song.
Take ur time, do it right!
This is one of the greatest bands to ever walk on stage they also perform like no other.one of my favorites of all time.
I like songs so band ♡♡♡♡♡
Taking your time is the best advise when come to anything and I mean anything:-)
Takes me back. I can sing this forever!!
I love you the sos band.
This songs will put you into a world that will put you into absolute place of the power love, marriage, peace and happiness. Thank GOD that those days will never. Please don't ever let them end. Puerto Rico (a deep deep admiral
Tell me if you still care...do u feel the same way 2
The jam
Just once I want a woman to say this to me
nrivers16
luv this song listen to my heart beat.......
5secondsofsu m m e r 1 1 5
This band rocks
I still care.
This was the soundtrack of life in the 80's
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Love this song
Man that S**t Sound Good to me !!!!!
Gugly Bear this ONE is for YOU....
Smooth song
Lol what i jus posted
RaSaan bro this yo s**t love u my dad full blood indian put us on this song lol go figure
This is real good music! Can't go wrong at all with the SOS BAND
That was my uncle Bill Ellis we truly miss him he passed away about 31 years ago and still enjoy hearing him on the sax and the band! Lol
Old school song steel sounds
Take the time, do it right, do it tonight! Yeah love me some old school, reminds me of cruising in my 67 chevelle back in the 90's..Good times!
Brings back true people and and a missed life
Lived of borrowed love back then. Gave me the tool to be in love!!!
There type of music you can't help but Rock off of !!!.......
That's them Ga, Boy's An Am Ga Peach an they are Badd!!'����
That's S.O.S Band!!! And Don't Forget it, Go S.O.S!!!!!
This is music! One of the best! Can't wait to see them valentines day in Cali
Played that Music!!!! Sounds Good to me, On a Sunday morning!!!!
Still sounds good to me '!
Still love that old school music ����
I have seem this band about 4 times...Stil l bad...
THEM EIGHTIES ,YEAH !
Bring back great memories
Oh yeah got me getting my dance on
Take ur time, do it right baby
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