By the mid-’80s, The S.O.S. Band had solidified its position as one of the elite acts in R&B music. After delivering a breakthrough hit record, “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” on their 1980 debut album, S.O.S., the group failed to capitalize on their success with their next two offerings, Too (1981) and III (1982). But during the making of III, the group recorded a noteworthy song, “High Hopes” produced by a burgeoning production duo, James “Jimmy Jam” Harris III and Terry Lewis.
Their relationship would strengthen and Jam & Lewis would construct three songs for their next album, On the Rise, and two of those songs “Tell Me If You Still Care” and “Just Be Good to Me” placed the group back atop the Billboard Music charts. As a result, Jam & Lewis contributed four more songs on their next album. In the late summer of 1984, Just the Way You Like It was released by Tabu Records, and spawned three hit singles: “No One’s Gonna Love You,” “Weekend Girl,” and “Just the Way You Like It.” Late last year, we spoke with James “Jimmy Jam” Harris III about the album’s construction.