The S.O.S. Band

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The S.O.S. Band
Also known asSanta Monica
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
GenresDisco, R&B, boogie, urban
Years active1977–present
LabelsTabu
Associated actsJimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Alexander O'Neal
Cherrelle
MembersMary Davis
Abdul Ra'oof
Jason Bryant
Past membersBilly Ellis
James Earl Jones III
Willie "Sonny" Killebrew
John Simpson
Bruno Speight
Chandra Currelley
Notable instruments
Roland TR-808
 
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The S.O.S. Band
Also known asSanta Monica
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
GenresDisco, R&B, boogie, urban
Years active1977–present
LabelsTabu
Associated actsJimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Alexander O'Neal
Cherrelle
MembersMary Davis
Abdul Ra'oof
Jason Bryant
Past membersBilly Ellis
James Earl Jones III
Willie "Sonny" Killebrew
John Simpson
Bruno Speight
Chandra Currelley
Notable instruments
Roland TR-808

The S.O.S. Band (sometimes written SOS Band; abbreviation for Sounds Of Success) is an American R&B and electro-funk group who gained fame in the 1980s. They are best known for the songs "Take Your Time (Do It Right)," "Just Be Good to Me," "Tell Me If You Still Care," and "The Finest."

History[edit]

The band was founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1977. The original group members included Willie "Sonny" Killebrew (saxophone), Billy Ellis (flute), Jason "T.C." Bryant (keyboards), Bruno Speight (guitar), John Simpson (bass), James Earl Jones III (drums), and Mary Davis (lead vocals, keyboards). It was originally known as Santa Monica. The band later changed its name to The S.O.S. Band, an acronym for Sounds of Success. After listening to its demo and being impressed with their sound, Tabu Records signed the group to its first recording contract.

In 1980, the group released its first hit single, "Take Your Time (Do It Right)", which was certified platinum and sold over 2 million copies. Its debut album, S.O.S., went gold and sold over 800,000 copies. Trumpeter, vocalist, and percussionist Abdul Ra'oof joined the band while it was on a world tour.

In 1983, the band joined forces with then-new production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who went on to craft a string of R&B hits for the group, which included "Just Be Good to Me," "High Hopes," "Tell Me If You Still Care," "Borrowed Love," "No One's Gonna Love You," "Just the Way You Like It," and "The Finest."

The Jam-Lewis-produced S.O.S. Band hits are notable for popularizing the use of the Roland TR-808 drum machine (and its distinctive cowbell sound) in popular music. The group continues to tour and perform to this day.

The song "Just Be Good to Me" was covered in 1990 by Beats International (aka Norman Cook or Fatboy Slim); the resultant song made its way to UK number one single as "Dub Be Good to Me." The song was reworked with the bass line of The Clash's "Guns of Brixton." It was also covered by Shayne Ward on his 2007 album, Breathless. The song "Tell Me If You Still Care" was covered in 1995 by fellow Atlanta native Monica on her debut album Miss Thang and sampled by Janet Jackson in her 2006 hit "Call On Me." The Bingoboys performed a cover of "Borrowed Love" as the follow-up single of its 1991 dance hit "How to Dance." In 1996 the instrumental track of "No One's Gonna Love You" was used by Maxwell on a remix of his hit "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" aptly retitled "Ascension (No One's Gonna Love You, So Don't Ever Wonder): The Tribute."

Lead vocalist Mary Davis left the group in 1987 to pursue a solo career, and was replaced by Chandra Currelley beginning with the band's 1989 Diamonds in the Raw album. More recently, Currelley has been active as an actress and vocalist in Tyler Perry plays and films. When Davis’s solo career was not as successful as she hoped, she reunited with the band in 1994.

Discography[edit]

All albums and singles listed below were issued on Tabu Records.

Studio albums[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
GER
[2]
NLD
[3]
NZ
[4]
NOR
[5]
SWE
[6]
UK
[7]
1980S.O.S.12234
1981Too11730
1982III17227
1983On the Rise4773036
1984Just the Way You Like It606443329
1986Sands of Time4442038363515
1989Diamonds in the Raw19443
1991One of Many Nights
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positions
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
NLD
[3]
19871980-1987: The Hit Mixes
1990The Very Best Of (1980 - 1990: A Decade of Dance Hits)26
1995The Best of the S.O.S. Band18527
2004Greatest Hits62
2011Icon
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positions
US
[9]
US
R&B

[9]
US
Dan

[9]
AUS
[10]
BEL
[11]
CAN
[12]
GER
[2]
IRE
[13]
NLD
[3]
NZ
[4]
NOR
[5]
SWE
[6]
UK
[7]
1980"Take Your Time (Do It Right) (Part 1)"31140192740263102051
"S.O.S. (Dit Dit Dit Dash Dash Dash Dit Dit Dit)"2054
1981"What's Wrong with Our Love Affair?"87
"Do It Now (Part 1)"15
"You"64
1982"High Hopes"2549
1983"Have It Your Way"57
"Groovin' (That's What We're Doin')"4772
"Just Be Good to Me"5523172921221013
"Tell Me If You Still Care"6553981
1984"For Your Love"3426
"Just the Way You Like It"6462634425032
"No One's Gonna Love You"10215
1985"Weekend Girl"4051
"Break Up"
1986"The Finest"4428202628341317
"Borrowed Love"142625372250
"Even When You Sleep"34
1987"No Lies"4328364
1988"The Official Bootleg Mega-Mix"33
1989"I'm Still Missing Your Love"725
1990"Secret Wish"38
"Do You Love Me?"
1991"Sometimes I Wonder"12
"Broken Promises"
2014"Just Get Ready"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "US Albums Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  2. ^ a b "GER Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  3. ^ a b c "NL Charts > The S.O.S. Band". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  4. ^ a b "NZ Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  5. ^ a b "NOR Charts > The S.O.S. Band". VG-lista. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  6. ^ a b "SWE Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  7. ^ a b "UK Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  8. ^ a b c "US Certifications > The S.O.S. Band". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  9. ^ a b c "US Singles Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  10. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  11. ^ "BEL Charts > The S.O.S. Band". VRT Top 30. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  12. ^ "CAN Charts > The S.O.S. Band". RPM. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  13. ^ "IRE Charts Search > The S.O.S. Band". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 

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