Sunday, December 20, 2009

The SOS Band

The SOS Band were an R&B band from Atlanta, Georgia. The group formed in 1977 and originally consisted of singer Mary Davis, singer/keyboardist Jason Bryant, guitarist Bruno Speight, bassist John Simpson, saxophonists Billy Ellis & Willie "Sonny" Killebrew and drummer James Earl Jones III.

The band's original name was "Santa Monica" and they perform at a nightclub in Atlanta called the Regal Room.

Their manager Bunny Jackson-Ransom sent a demo to Tabu Records and the band was signed to the label. They changed the name to the SOS (or Sounds of Success) Band.
In 1980, they released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on Billboard's R&B albums chart.
Their first single "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" became a hit, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart for 5 weeks in June of 1980, staying on the chart for 24 weeks, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for 2 weeks in July of 1980 and #51 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single, "S.O.S. (Dit Dit Dit Dash Dash Dash Dit Dit Dit)" peaked at #54 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #20 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The last single from the album "What's Wrong With Our Love Affair?" peaked at #87 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.
In 1981, the band released their sophomore album "Too" which peaked at #117 on the Billboard 200 and #30 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album "Do It Now" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The follow-up single "You" peaked at #64 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
In 1982, the band released their third album, "III" which peaked at #172 on the Billboard 200 and #27 on Billboard's R&B albums chart.
The first single "High Hopes" peaked at #49 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #25 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.

The second single from the album "Have It My Way" peaked at #57 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
The last single from the album "Groovin' (That's What We're Doin')" peaked at #72 on the U.K. Singles chart and #47 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
In 1983, the band released their fourth album, "On The Rise" which peaked at #47 on the Billboard 200 and #7 on Billboard's R&B albums chart.
The first single from the album "Just Be Good to Me" peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #12 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single "Tell Me If You Still Care" peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks and #81 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song was covered by R&B singer Monica in 1995 for her debut album "Miss Thang."
The last single from the album "For Your Love" peaked at #34 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
In 1984, the S.O.S. Band released their fifth album, "Just the Way You Like It" which peaked at #60 on the Billboard 200, #6 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #29 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The first single from the album "Just the Way You Like It" peaked at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100, #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #6 on Billboard's Black Singles chart and #32 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single "No One's Gonna Love You" peaked at #102 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #15 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The third single "Weekend Girl" peaked at #51 on the U.K. Singles chart and #40 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. The last single "Break Up" failed to make the charts at all.
In 1986, the band released their sixth album, "Sands of Time" which peaked at #44 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on Billboard's R&B albums chart. It was the last album to feature lead singer Mary Davis.
The first single "The Finest" peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100, #8 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #14 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks and #17 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single from the album "Borrowed Love" peaked at #50 on the U.K. Singles chart, #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #14 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks and #50 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The third single "Even When You Sleep" peaked at #34 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The last single "No Lies" peaked at #64 on the U.K. Singles chart, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #11 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #43 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
In 1989, the SOS Band released their seventh album "Diamonds in the Raw" which peaked at #194 on the Billboard 200 and #43 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The album was the debut appearance of new lead singer Chandra Currelley. The album was also sadly marred by the untimely death of saxophonist Billy Ellis shortly before it was completed.
The first single from the album "I'm Still Missing Your Love" peaked at #33 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #7 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The follow-up single "Secret Wish" peaked at #38 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
In 1991, the band released their last studio album to date "One of Many Nights" failed to make the Billboard album charts.
The only single to chart was "Sometimes I Wonder" which peaked at #12 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
After Mary Davis' solo career didn't generate a lot of success, she reunited with the SOS Band in 1994.

In 2004, their greatest hits compliation album peaked at #62 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

These days, the SOS Band continues to tour and perform. The current line-up consists of Mary Davis, Abdul Ra'oof and Jason Bryant.

Chandra Currelley (now Chandra Currelley-Young) continues to be active in music and acting, appearing in various Tyler Perry productions.

In 2012, she released her latest album "Relationships" which is available on CD Baby. It is unknown what the previous members of the band are up to today.

To see The SOS Band's Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Real-SOS-Band/126086687491

To see Chandra Currelley's official website, go to:
http://www.chandracurrelley.com/

To see a video of The SOS Band performing "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" on "Soul Train," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq_pJDVrVoQ

To see a video of The SOS Band performing "Just Be Good To Me" on "Soul Train," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHMnCr0pE4w

To see the music video for "Tell Me If You Still Care," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOQAk58x4-8

To see the music video for "Just The Way You Like It," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJEIa3bdGTs

To see a fan-made video for "No One's Gonna Love You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlB6wYBOUTQ

To see a fan-made video for "Weekend Girl," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL77jdWMBBI

To see a video of The SOS Band performing "The Finest" on "Soul Train," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J61S5PrpecM

To see the music video for "Borrowed Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEp3_7zwz1g

To see a fan-made video for "I'm Still Missing Your Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCzmSEJqvm4

To see a fan-made video for "Secret Wish," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1BmRWZlsbI

To see a video of The SOS Band performing "Sometimes I Wonder" on "Soul Train," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G--JyVU-7T4


[updated on 06/02/13]

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