|Genres:||Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtrack|
|Tags:||funk soul disco 80s rnb|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Formed in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in 1977, the S.O.S. Band enjoyed a long run of hits on the US R&B charts during the 80s. The group originally consisted of Mary Davis (vocals, keyboards), Jason T.C. Bryant (keyboards), Billy R. Ellis (saxophone) and James Earl Jones III (drums). They performed regularly, as Sounds Of Santa Monica, at Lamars Regal Room in Atlanta where they were discovered by Milton Lamar, the clubs owner, who later became their manager. The group signed to the independent Tabu Records and soon added new members Willie Sonny Killebrew (saxophone, flute), John Simpson III (bass, keyboards) and Bruno Speight (guitar). The group then changed its name to the S.O.S. Band and teamed up with songwriter/producer Sigidi Adullah. Performing in the then popular funk style, the band began to amass a catalogue of US hits in 1980, with Take Your Time (Do It Right) Part 1 rising to number 1 on the R&B chart...