The SOS Band
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The SOS Band Biography
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,
All Music Guide
Written by Ed Hogan