The SOS Band is an American musical ensemble, founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1977. Originally known as Santa Monica, the SOS initialism in the band’s name stands for Sounds of Success.
The band, fronted by Mary Davis, was initially famous for the hit “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” in 1980. In 1983, they 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, including “Just Be Good to Me“, “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 SOS 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.
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 eventually reunited with the band in 1994