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The Dramatics

Before assuming the name the Dramatics, the vocal sextet comprised of Rob Davis, Ron Banks, Larry Reed, Robert Ellington, Larry "Squirrel" Demps, and Elbert Wilkens initially released two singles as the Dynamics on the Wingate imprint that saw no chart action. The group became a quintet upon Ellington's exit, and also changed their name to the Dramatics. They migrated to the Sport label and in 1967 released their first single to hit the charts, "All Because of You," which peaked at number 42 on the R&B charts. However, in spite of the exposure and limited record sales, some groupmembers became discouraged, which facilitated a major personnel change. William "Wee Gee" Howard replaced lead singer Reed, and Willie Ford of the Capitols replaced bass Rob Davis. Also during this time, the Dramatics had signed with producer Don Davis' production company.

Even though the group managed to stay together, the ensuing years were unproductive for chart action and sales. Between 1967 and 1971, the Dramatics made very little noise on the national scene. By the end of 1971, Davis summoned the group to the studio to record producer/songwriter Tony Hester's "Watcha See Is Watcha Get." The single was the Dramatics' first major national hit, peaking at number three on the R&B charts, and sustaining chart action for 15 weeks. That single was followed by the R&B Top Ten single "Get Up and Get Down."

The following year the Dramatics released "In the Rain," which was also penned by Hester. The single torpedoed its way to the number one spot on the R&B charts, maintaining that position for four consecutive weeks; the single also peaked at number five on the pop charts. Ironically, in spite of the national attention the group was receiving, another personnel shuffle was simmering.

Larry "L.J." Reynolds, who had been a member of Chocolate Syrup and was pursuing a solo career during this time, met Dramatics member Banks at the Apollo following a performance by the group. It just so happened that Howard was absent that night. Reynolds auditioned for Banks backstage; it was not too long afterwards that Reynolds, who was also signed to Don Davis' production company, began to occasionally sit in with the Dramatics during Howard's absences.

In 1973, Howard's decision to leave the group opened the door for Reynolds' entrance; Reynolds' vocal presence and permanent entry into the group was manifested with the release of the R&B Top Ten single "Hey You! Get Off My Mountain." And while Reynolds was replacing Howard, Lenny Mayes was replacing Wilkens, which spelled out identity problems for the remainder of the group. Wilkens formed his own version of the Dramatics and began touring. During this time and pending legal procedures, the name of the group was changed to Ron Banks & the Dramatics.

The Dramatics' success continued with mainly R&B Top 20 hits during the heyday of disco, cracking the R&B Top Ten just once more with "Welcome Back Home" in 1980. In 1981, Reynolds went solo; the group disband after Banks went solo in 1983. The group managed to stay active, reuniting to record new material every three or four years since the early '80s. They occasionally reunite for concert events. ~ Craig Lytle, Rovi
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greggsontheb o s s
Represent "some of the coldest brothers to do it!!!"
LUV ME SME DRAMATICS
janmeredith4
LOVE THIS SONG!!!!
Me and Mrs. Jones one of my all time favorites. Silk
Great sound, love you guys. Old school is the best.
THANK YOU L.J FOR KEEPING THE THE DRAMATICS MUSIC ALIVE FOR THE GROWN AND SEXXY SMILE.....
That sound so good do what you want to do
Grow folks music!!!!!
Makes rainy days OK Cuddle up!!!!!
I. Love this. Song
"Treat Me Like A Man"
It's easy to hurt people when you don't feel Pain
*978*~6m14y~

I LOVE DRAMATICS MUSIC TAKE ME BACK TO CHILDHOOD AND ADULT LIFE.
Man,Saw them @The Kemper Arena in Kansas City(Age 17)@The Time..And They Sung"Me and Mrs Jones(Billy P
Was Also Performing). . T h e y " B l e w The Song OUT of The Waters"That was a Highlight Moment".They Were Better Than Billy Paul!!The"Cr o w d Went Wild"
My favorite group in the 70'! They were so professional , funky, and soulful. They wete also UNDER-RATED! Great vocals.
Whatcha See is Watcha Get still gets me going. Great lyrics and vocals Ooh Ooh Ah Ah.
An awesome group. One of the most underrated groups of the 70"s. I loved them and saw them at The APOLLO Theater back in the day! They brought the house down!!
runnin_rebel _ 3 4
Awesome ! Very underrated
What you see is what you get
❤️
Youis sohot
Youis sodeep
Hit it
I grew up on that song, first girlfriend
"Stop Your Weeping" DRAMA
Love is not suppose to hurt*978*4m1 4 y ~
I can remember when this tune 1st came out. That's how old I am but it's cool because this music really reflects the emotions from my heart & soul! Long live great soul love songs! Peace people! TINY S.F. MISSION.
Timeless Classic ... What u c is what u get !!!
A absolute Classic!
thadausjacks o n
In Detroit we used to do the Get up, Get down by throwing our hands in the air, then slapping the floor.....go o d times!!!
In the rain and Get up, Get down was my absolute favorite jams by them! They were the bomb and hugely undet-rated IMO!
Oldies but the best of these days ......like in the rain ......great music
Quarter party sooooo much innocence but the best fun b square red light
One of the most under-rated groups IMO. Love them always!
Right on who really loves you
Had the pleasure of meeting. Squ
I agree trajay
This iis music....
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Luv this.
...
Yess Sing fellas!!! ! !
How long has it been since you had a friend who loves you
One of the best 5 part harmony that ever lived
mama i luv and miss the hell out of youmuch love.......
takes me back when the crib was around good days.
Hey is it me or there is no real soul today just songs but no bla



This is a gold mind of movies or maybe a berry Gordy story on music heart felt
I can't get enough of it! Seriously!!
R.I.P GRANDMA AL GREEN SINGING TO YOU LOVE U SMILE...
THE YEAR OF 1995 STOOD STILL FOR ME LISTENING TO MY SEXXY GROUPS THE MIGHTLY DRAMATICES & THE WHISPERS. A YEAR I WOULD NOT FORGET SMILE..
dlsexy53 Great music one of my favorites!!! ! ! ! ! !
petredis2001
DELFONICS GREAT GROUP REALLY L IKE SONG LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU CHUCK PITTSBURGH PA.
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