III (S.O.S. Band album)

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SOS Band III.jpg
Studio album by The S.O.S. Band
Released October 29, 1982
Recorded Master Sound
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Axis Recording
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Sound Masters
(Los Angeles, California)
Larrabee Sound
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Funk, Boogie, Urban
Length 44:50
Label Tabu
Producer Ricky Sylvers, Gene Dozier
The S.O.S. Band chronology
On the Rise
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

III is the third album released by the R&B band The S.O.S. Band on the Tabu label in October 1982. It was produced by Ricky Sylvers and Gene Dozier.


The album peaked at #27 on the R&B albums chart. It also reached #172 on the Billboard 200. The album yielded two Billboard R&B chart singles, "High Hopes" and "Have It Your Way", each peaking at #25 and #57 respectively. "High Hopes" also reached #49 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. The third single, "Groovin' (That's What We're Doin')", peaked at #47 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart and #72 on the UK Singles Chart.

"High Hopes" is notable for being the first collaboration between the group and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who would go on to write and produce several hits for the group. The album was digitally remastered and reissued on CD with bonus tracks in 2013 by Demon Music Group.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Can't Get Enough" Charmaine Sylvers, Glen Barbee 5:45
2. "High Hopes" Jimmy Harris, Terry Lewis 6:29
3. "Have It Your Way" John Simpson 5:07
4. "Your Love (It's the One for Me)" Crystal McCarey, Gene Dozier 5:18
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Good & Plenty" Bruno Speight, John Simpson, Gene Dozier, Charmaine Sylvers 4:24
6. "Looking for You" John Simpson, Bruno Speight, Karen Krattinger, Allen Simpson 4:27
7. "These Are the Things" Mary Davis, Travis Biggs, John Simpson 4:47
8. "You Shake Me Up" Jason Bryant, Gene Dozier 4:00
9. "Groovin' (That's What We're Doin')" Charmaine Sylvers, Gene Dozier 4:28


The S.O.S. Band

  • Mary Davis – lead vocals, background vocals
  • Jason Bryant – keyboards, vocoder, lead vocals, background vocals
  • Abdul Ra'oof – trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion, lead vocals, background vocals
  • Billy Ellis – saxophone
  • John Simpson – bass, background vocals
  • Bruno Speight – rhythm guitar, lead guitar, background vocals
  • Jerome "JT" Thomas – drums, percussion
  • Willie "Sonny" Killebrew – saxophone

Additional Personnel


  • Ricky Sylvers, Gene Dozier – producers
  • Leon F. Sylvers – executive producer
  • Ron Christopher – recording engineer
  • Steve Hodge – recording engineer, mixing engineer
  • Wally Traugott – mastering engineer
  • Diem Jones – photography
  • Jones & Armitage – design


Chart (1982) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 172
U.S. Billboard Black Albums 27
Year Single Peak chart positions


1982 "High Hopes" 25 49
1983 "Have It My Way" 57
"Groovin' (That's What We're Doin')" 47 72


  1. ^ Hanson, Amy. III > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  2. ^ "US Albums Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  3. ^ a b "US Singles Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  4. ^ "UK Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 

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