SOS BAND

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The S.O.S Band was named after the Sounds Of Santa Monica, at Lamar's Regal Room in Atlanta. They were discovered by Milton Lamar, the club's owner, who later became their manager. The group was signed to the independent Tabu Records and soon added new members Willie 'Sonny' Killebrew (saxophone, flute), John Simpson Ill (bass, keyboards) and Bruno Speight (guitar). The group then changed its name to the S.O.S. Band. 'Take Your Time (Do It Right) Part 1' rose to number 1 on the R & B chart and number 3 on the national pop chart. That first 1980 set included the self titled title dance track, popular on the U.K. dance floors.

 
'S.O.S. Band II' followed in 1981. The song "Just Be Good to Me" was remixed 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 bassline to The Clash's "Guns of Brixton". Also, the song "Tell Me If You Still Care" was covered in 1995 by fellow Atlanta native Monica for her debut album Miss Thang.
Lead vocalist Mary Davis from S.O.S. Band's most recognizeable hits left the group in the late 80's to pursue a solo career. Former member Chandra Currelley is now visible as an actress and vocalist in stageplays and motion pictures with Tyler Perry in recent years.


But it was another Casey/Finch original, "Rock Your Baby," that R&B artist George McCrae scored a hit with in 1974 as KC & the Sunshine Band began issuing further albums and singles, quickly scoring big hits on their own. The group then began an impressive run of disco hits: 1977's "Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty)," "I'm Your Boogieman," "Keep It Comin' Love," "Boogie Shoes" (the latter included on the monster-selling soundtrack to the hit John Travolta disco movie, Saturday Night Fever), 1979's "Do You Wanna Go Party," and 1980's "Please Don't Go." Despite earning nine Grammy nominations (receiving three awards) and selling millions of records, KC & the Sunshine Band were still susceptible to the backlash that disco bands felt by the dawn of the '80s, eventually leading to dwindling sales and the group's split by the early '80s (although KC scored a moderate solo hit in 1983 with "Give It Up"). Come the '90s, an appreciation of everything '70s swept across the U.S., which led to a renewed interest bands from the era, prompting KC & the Sunshine Band to re-form for concert performances. That decade saw the release of countless KC "hits" collections and even an episode of VH1's popular Behind the Music series that studied the group's ups and downs

 

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