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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
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I am a weekend girl--n I am worth the wait--
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Great music
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cannon771
I love the S.O.S Band my favorite band ever!
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We can do it all night long.
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My Era too
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This is 1 of the best albums ever done . Every song on it was great.
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This song brings back so many memories
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Classic..
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jeremyhull40
Reminds me of those warm Friday night's crusin trough Memphis.
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Que recuerdos!! Brutal..
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™♥♥♥♪♥♥♥™
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Rachel you I will be good to you love you BIG CANE COXCH 805
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arivera1412
We need to bring it back today's music is nothing compared to the oldies :)
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The magic of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis!
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St8 out da a-town we do it right!!!!!
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Love that jam the oldies are what up
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Good music
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My era. Always the best and always will be!!
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SOS...one of the best bands evah!
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Just Be Good To Me....SOS Band...class i c
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Loved when they came to battle creek mi they killed it we had so much fun that night the creek in the house
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nenahill04
Baby you can do it.. Take your time and do it right!!!!!!
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mizalondra
Oh how fortunate I was to grow up listening to this awesome music of the 80s!!! Oh baby you're the finest!!!!
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Take Your Time Do It Right......s u m m e r of 1980, fun times. Song reminds me of my start as freshmen in highschool.
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Took me around th world n bk... Twice.... Whr y'all at....
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kathleen_gon z a l e s 5
Good times!!!!!
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This ol school foreal this my brother s**t sos band
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Bring back that old school jam
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The best música
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Sounds of Success what a name. I feel you. Nothing better in this World than Success.
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Slow draggin on this jam....for real!!!!
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I could never live on borrowed love
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bronocard
We need more of this music S.O.S for life.
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SoS got it going on !!! Love this Band !!
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Hi babe have you started to lose your love for me I will tell you that I still care for you cane805
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Just the way i like it....can b ur number 1....
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Rachel tell me if you still care I will always love missing u cane
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weaverp44
Such great memories of these songs..flash b a c k s !
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Chris brown
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I'm a 70's Baby so I love this group and still love this music!
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Love the S. O. S. Band. Saw them live back in the 80's.
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It's a love thing.....
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dbacanator
I truly like this beat!
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Hey now
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shanav1974
Love you
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I heard this song playing as my aunt and my uncles were getting ready to go cruising at William Land Park on Sunday afternoons. Dam how I wished and wanted to be in the mix lmao all at the age of 10. Haaa haaa haaa Hey truth be told! Lol
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This song is on of my favorite.
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I like these songs
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S.O.S. is,and always going to be one of the best olschool!!!! ! !
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