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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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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Just Be Good To Me

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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Yesss
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Love songs will never die.
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A real song.
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lizabdiaz
I LOVE
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One of the best of the 80's
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Was waiting for this song to be played!
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parjohnny54
I like her message
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Take the time to do it right in the nite..we can do it right when it comes to dancing!!!
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Like
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Must We Both Go On Placing Blame ♡
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Just be good 2 me.... Classic : )
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Jennett de la cruz
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Love my S.O.S BAND to much great memories till this day never get tired .80s babe babe.
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Ain't none left like this. One of a kind
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lizabdiaz
This was one song
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This is GOOD MUSIC
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I JUST love them the sands of time
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This was the song.
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Wow I remembering going to world famous VIP in long Beach on vinyl
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this is my all time favorite, when this comes on all is well. I fall in LOVE all over again....phe w , the Sands of Time
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Love Love Love
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This was real music for the 80s rt
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Do you boo.
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Tha shititslyboo g i e from tha bx
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Remembering when me and my comadre use to go to all these nite clubs. Had awesome times making friends and dancing. Made a lot of memories. Left us to soon (RIP) comadre!!# Missing you like hell. Hasn't been the same since you left us!!!! Will never forget you and all the good memories you left us with. You and your contiguous laugh #!!!!!! Tears will nevet dry up! Till we meet again.
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Love me some S.O.S. Band

Just The Way You Like It ' is my jam.

But listen to the lyrics. Plenty of women who think like this :( they don't mind sharing their men lol
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NOW THIS is Music!!! Never gonna find this today....
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This is what good soul music sounds like.
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House parties late 80'$ S.O.S.
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SOS get me throw the day put my head phone on hey
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~Classic Soul.....Wee k e n d Girl sounding good~~
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The earth has music for those that listen ......
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Soul
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The memories. Real music.
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Sands of time is my favorite song ��
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One of my favorite. Quit hour music.
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Pandora getting me down through here today!!! S.O.S. YES!!!!
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Yessss....lo v e this song...
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Will forever love old school...
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One of the greatest bands of that era whose songs still work the house party into a frenzy.
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Awesome group
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chill music
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Smooth. ..
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Relaxing music
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Good times! real music
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Old school takes me back to the old days when music made since.
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This song takes me back to the disco time
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Love the 80's one of my favorite hits.
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All I know is, Great music never gets old. Luv it!
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Beautiful
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