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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Just Be Good To Me

2. S.O.S. (Dit Dit Dit Dash Dash Dash Dit Dit Dit)

3. Take Your Time (Do It Right)

4. Tell Me If You Still Care

5. The Finest

6. High Hopes

7. Just The Way You Like It

8. Weekend Girl

9. Love Won't Wait For Love

10. Groovin' (That's What We're Doin')

11. Have It Your Way

12. Borrowed Love

13. It's A Long Way To The Top

14. Sands Of Time

15. No Lies

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Track List: Just The Way You Like It

1. No One's Gonna Love You

2. Weekend Girl

3. Just The Way You Like It

4. Break Up

5. Feeling

6. I Don't Want Nobody Else

7. Body Break

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Track List: Best Of

3. Tell Me If You Still Care

4. No One's Gonna Love You

5. The Finest

6. High Hopes

8. Weekend Girl

9. Groovin' (That's What We're Doin')

11. Borrowed Love

12. Sands Of Time

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The SOS Band will always be one of my all time favorite bands. So many hits that I can listen to over and over
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I've always loved Mary Davis vocals as lead even as a teen.
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mgottlieb5
SOS band is classic funk with smooth grooves for sure An unmistakable sound.
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80's cut. I still dig it.
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Yep !!!!
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yvonneartisf
��It old skool!!!
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Checkout: www.thecomfo r t e r . info
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Good times!
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Classic Jimmy and Terry, with that smooth funky groove, with heart!
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Jam
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Funky
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Timeless classics never die
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Love there music now and then
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Thi best i stel enjoy thes
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Nothing and I mean NOTHING like old school
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lizabdiaz
BRINGING BACK MEMORIES!
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Sound of success
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HOW YOU SEE?
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We do this every weekend in my Joe Moses voice!!!! AYYYYYY
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All You Have To Do is:
Feel the "Beat....... b y moving your both feet!!!!!!!!
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Yeah when this song came on in the club all the Disco lights was on and we were bumping I think we were doing a dance called the spank back the Tyrone from Milwaukee still got it going on
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Been awhile!!!! Great Tune!!
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Love this song, but it could be the anthem for the Low Self Esteem Club...
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Tell ME!......Who you think .Is the GREATEST???? ? ? ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . I t is greater in me........th a n in a WORLD....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C A R E OF AN ALMIGHTY GOOD GOD LORD OF LORDS !
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This music is vibe music for the old school flow. It should empower ur thought process if u living right. GOD BlESS
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That's that real shot back in the day!!
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Just the way I Like It sing Mary
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Just stick to your ribs kind of funk
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Hey hey hey
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Just what I been looking for.
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dragonlady60 8 8
I NEED A LATTE XO
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dragonlady60 8 8
Music. To make u dance and be happy!!!
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This was jam and my group back n the days
Man I miss music like this this
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My jam!!! S.O.S.
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the best
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I was a kid but it was the s**t.
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*sigh**Slow dancing to Tell Me If You Still Care at a house party back in the day....(was not my boyfriend... . . . . . . . i n my boyfriend walks and bumps into us both really hard......ye a h , he (my boyfriend) broke it up without saying a word or throwing a punch, lol.
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Take Your Time (Do It Right)...... t a k e your time!!
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One of the best to ever do it ����
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real music
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Real music
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Always...... .
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Can't wait to see you on Sept. 10 in Augusta!!
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This is for u mom.... luv so much...
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YOU HV NO IDEA!
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Taking me back!! Love this song!!
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,where is Al Green... Waiting
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