In the spring of 1980, an unknown band from Atlanta came from nowhere and took the US charts by storm with the infectious dance floor burner, 'Take Your Time (Do It Right).' They were called the S.O.S. Band and their debut single (written and produced by the late Sigidi Abdullah) spent five weeks nestled at the top of the American R&B singles chart that summer. More significantly, its across-the-board popularity was such that it crossed over into the US pop charts (Billboard's The Hot 100) rising to #3 and selling a million copies in the process.
Its meteoric success suddenly thrust the seven-piece Georgia funk and soul group - fronted by smoky-voiced singer, Mary Davis - into the limelight but during the next two years in the wake of that phenomenal debut hit, the group struggled to emulate its success with subsequent singles.
A fortuitous hook up with Time members and budding tunesmiths, Jimmy 'Jam' Harris and Terry Lewis, gave the band new momentum and a new 'electro' sound and they scored a series of big international hits, beginning with 'Just Be Good To Me,' in 1983 and followed by 'Tell Me If You Still Care,' 'Just The Way You Like It,' 'No One's Gonna Love You,' 'Weekend Girl,' The Finest,' and 'Borrowed Love' during a fertile three-year period. Mary Davis's departure for a solo career in 1987 didn't sink the band, which continued with Pennye Ford on vocals and continued to record well into the I990s.
Recently, Mary Davis - whose husky, soulful vocals gave the band a distinctive sound - returned to the fold and the long-running group - who've always been popular with the UK soul community - are coming over to the UK in November to perform at two Great Voices Of Soul concerts In London and Birmingham) alongside fellow soul legends Patti LaBelle, The Whispers, Gwen Dickey, Loose Ends, Soul II Soul and Meli'sa Morgan. Ahead of the concerts and with a new album in the pipeline, the band's long-serving original members, Mary Davis and Abdul Ra'oof, chewed the fat with SJF's Charles Waring...
Last Updated on Saturday, 24 October 2015 08:25