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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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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...
catinhat.cd
Love you none sleeper
THEM EIGHTIES ,YEAH !
Bring back great memories
Oh yeah got me getting my dance on
Take ur time, do it right baby
I will NEVER get tired of this!!
Yea this song is very priceless
No doubt that their music will last throughout time, even now it's with time, just among many that will always be priceless, classic, and UNSUNG.
SoS band of the charTs!! This is one of my jamZ!!
MY LIFE IS A NUTSHELL.... . . " you keep your other girls until you're ready to settle down" and whenever you get bored, I'll be there at your place to put a smile on your face......WH E N E V E R YOU NEED LUV, I'LL GIVE IT TO YOU "JUST THE WAY YOU LUV IT"
My brother loved the sos band ;( love u lil bro R.I.P
SOS Band !!! No ones gonna love u the way I do babe!
great music
Yale Love Me Some S.O.S Band Fun And Great Memories Listening To This Song
Sure do
catinhat.cd
I want bare butt naked walking around the bedroom. Before you get so watch you get ready
I love the SOS band...fan for life; they need an UNSUNG special.
SOS gets the job done
"Finest" of Jamzzzz! Oh baby ur the finest the finest I seen!
Ijkkmm
Wow I remember going to night clubs all around Boston Dancing like a freak lol God I wish those days were back now !!
The summers in Brooklyn at Coney Is. Always keepin the Lov.
catinhat.cd
Twist body around here ,first let me look that finest...... . . s t a r v i n g
Dit,Dit, Dit,Dash,Das h , D a s h , D i t , D i t , D i t . . . . . S e n d i n g Out An S.O.S
SOS played at Baystreet Sag Harbor in the '80s.
Shoulders moving . feet tapping . can't help it. This cut go!
I remember the Carolina West club, jamming to the s.o.s. band........ .
I was supposed to been n da sos band they wanted me when they first came out they call me Hollywood but thanks to my 2 sisters wanted me to hang with them n da streets going club to club I wish I can get n touch with them 8 from Atlanta and still live n atlanta
ethelddunham
They certainly know how to take this old school music to the next level love it love. It love it
Listening to old school is sooo wonderful!
tomhardin54
This is one those that get's your back up off the wall!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! steppin
Love this! Old school
Yay!!!! Love, love, love this stuff!!!
Didn't know Jimmy and Terry were there lead
This is the real funk the hits!!!
i ilke that (s.o.s)
Never get tired of these classic S.O.S. band hits....
This is what's up for real!
anthonycruz1 9 6 1
This is some firme a** rolas s.o.s
Chrystal Martin is the drummer for SOS BAND. MY LIL'SISTER.
Going to see the S.O.S. Band tomorrow here in Rochester, NY in concert! Can't wait my family still jams to them like we're still in the good 'ol 80's! We are sure going to have a ball tomorrow!
Love this
Old school, , baby,,,,, wepaaaaaa,,,
Fukkin nice jam!!!
All time best of 80 's..no other can compare !!!
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