S.O.S. (S.O.S. Band album)

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Studio album by The S.O.S. Band
Released June 6, 1980
Recorded Web IV Studios
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Apogee Studios
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Axis Studios
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Genre R&B, funk, disco, boogie
Length 40:02
Label Tabu
Producer Sigidi
The S.O.S. Band chronology
Singles from S.O.S.
  1. "Take Your Time (Do It Right)""
    Released: March 18, 1980
  2. "S.O.S. (Dit Dit Dit Dash Dash Dash Dit Dit Dit)""
    Released: September 10, 1980
  3. "What's Wrong with Our Love Affair?""
    Released: April 3, 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Smash Hits 4/10[2]

S.O.S. is the debut album released by the R&B band The S.O.S. Band on the Tabu label in the summer of 1980. It was produced by Sigidi.

The album was a hit at nightclubs and "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" became a disco classic.


The album peaked at #2 on the R&B albums chart. It also reached #12 on the Billboard 200. The album yielded the Billboard R&B number-one hit "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" The single also peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play, and #51 on the UK Singles Chart. Two following singles, "S.O.S. (Dit Dit Dit Dash Dash Dash Dit Dit Dit)" and "What's Wrong with Our Love Affair?", also charted on the R&B chart, reaching #20 and #87 respectively. 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. "S.O.S. (Dit Dit Dit Dash Dash Dash Dit Dit Dit)" S.O.S. Band, Sigidi 5:43
2. "What's Wrong with Our Love Affair?" Jason Bryant 4:50
3. "Open Letter" Sigidi, Rhonghea Southern 4:29
4. "Love Won't Wait for Love" Sigidi, Crystal McCrarey 5:11
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" Harold Clayton, Sigidi 7:40
6. "I'm in Love" Robert Eugene Daniels 3:36
7. "Take Love Where You Find It" John Alexander Simpson, Bruno Speight 5:55
8. "S.O.S. (Reprise)" S.O.S. Band, Sigidi 1:50


The S.O.S. Band

  • Jason "T.C." Bryant – keyboards, vocals
  • Billy "B.E." Ellis – saxophone, keyboards, vocals
  • Mary Davis – vocals, percussion
  • James Earl Jones III – drums, vocals
  • Willie "Sonny" Killebrew – saxophone, flute, vocals
  • Bruno Speight – lead guitar
  • John Alexander Simpson – bass, vocals

Additional Personnel

  • James Stroud – drums (on "Love Won't Wait for Love")
  • Munyungo – percussion
  • Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Larry Hatcher, David Li, Richard Griffith, Ray Brown, Jr., Nolan Smith, Jeff Clayton – horns
  • Bill Henderson (concertmaster) – strings
  • Rosalind Sweeper, Freddi Rawls, Michele Morgan, Gertha Simms – background vocals
  • Dorothy Farrell, Linda Riley, Pam Jones, Isaac Welcome, Angela (Neicy) Hall, Grace Anderson, Charlene Few – handclaps


  • Sigidi – producer, arranger
  • Clarence Avant – executive producer
  • Fred Wesley, The S.O.S. Band – arrangers
  • Richard Wells, Ted Bush, Tom Race, George Pappas – engineers
  • Tommy Cooper, Greg Webster – assistant engineers
  • David Hassinger, Serge Reyes, Rhonghea Southern – mixers
  • Neil Petinov – assistant mixer
  • Mike Reese – mastering


Chart (1980) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 12
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 2
Year Single Peak chart positions


1980 "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" 3 1 1 51
"S.O.S. (Dit Dit Dit Dash Dash Dash Dit Dit Dit)" 20 54
1981 "What's Wrong with Our Love Affair?" 87


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. S.O.S. > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  2. ^ Hillier, Bev. "Albums". Smash Hits (August 21 – September 3, 1980): 30. 
  3. ^ "US Albums Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  4. ^ a b c "US Singles Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  5. ^ "UK Charts > The S.O.S. Band". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 

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