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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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mysticat63
Brings back good memories
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I love cherelle and Alex!!
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Lov them grew up listening to them
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Keeping it true to the old skool.100
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S.O.S.band putting it down lovin it.
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Love this group and everything they made. If you know about SOS then you remember how we used to get at it back in the day!
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S. O. S. You. Took. Yo u r. Time. You. Did. It. Right
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S o s. Is. Still. The. Finest
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Old school always.
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One of the. All. Time best
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franciscoher n a n d e z 4 1 9 8
Tonight I spent a heavenly time with my new love and the music was so intuitive so romantic that I was taken to a new dimension wow old school coul never be replicated.
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Just be good to me. S o s
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Beautiful!
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Nothing like ol school nothing but positive vibes....
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sandymcleod1 7
AWESOME BAND
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Grew up with my aunt R.I.P, listening to this music. Love the S.O.S band!!!
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Carlos GASTELO I love her. Music
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Good
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Yes sos is another talent that was and always will be
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:-P
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Tell me is one of the hardest song I have ever heard
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They don't make music like this no more! So sad!!!��
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This was the jam when came out.
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Talk is cheap, words are useless. Action speaks in a multitude of ways
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Ms. J it brings back so many memories in them cats
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This collection is missing the SLOW JAM No One's gonna love you otherwise its terrific!
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All together right!!
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I was born in 1988, but I love SOS. All the old school cats at work be lurking lol
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The sounds I like that
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SoS BaND NEvEr GETS OlD SHaUUUu rEaL MuZiK tHaT JaMZ OuT
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REAL MUSIC,I LOVE IT
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The Sounds of Success!!!
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O yeah luv SOS Band
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Yeah
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80's great then and even better now!
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Yea the 80 s was great we just didn't know it then...
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Let's do it!
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Love them!
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Awww wow! A 10 star classic!
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Take Your Time: I LOVE THIS SONG. OMG. THE WORDS IN THE LYRICS SOUND SO NICE RIGHT NOW. IT'S ABOUT TAKING TIME TO DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR PARTNER. JUST TAKING TIME PERIOD SOUNDS GOOD.
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Just the way you like it.......
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Oooooo....
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Real s**t...s.o.s in the ride always
Magic City
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SOS band baaaabbbyyy! ! !
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Love their music so much!
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Keep Playing this song , Bring back memory I loving it !!
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Absolutely luv this cd so I don't sound so old ��
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that what you call music
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Childhood foreal I miss the 80's
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