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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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Be MY GIRL....a gem of a song...ooooo
I wanna go outside in the rain♥MY SOOONNNGGG ♥♥♥♥
Wish i could turn back time .....
Classic walking music
Am so In love with this group
Sure can't...u r like that flower. .today n tomorrow
They just could never make a terrible song with their voices.
Ever time I hear this dynamic group, I just tremble.This dramatic theme will last a lifetime.
Rick, today's music is very unique to music from other eras. There is no comparasion and no one genre is better or worse, music flows along according to the times and to its cultures. Our music then was very unique and still is!
This song put my antenas up about people in general while still in junior college, thanks Dramatics.
RJ Reynolds I remember when he was with chocolate syrup his #1 was Let One Hurt Do I love this song the man can sing I'm happy he's with the Dramatics!!! ! ! !
All was not lost today.......
Today's music doesn't have any soul like this group reflected. Where's the love, the romance?. These men could do it flawlessly!
Love it
Spirit of Scorpio inspector or governor
I need you in a desperate way
Be my girl
Can't get any better than this-old school baby.
The oldies grew on the dramatic s music got me through alot things they are legenday especially this cut .Love. it keep playin these beautiful hits.
Back in the days! This rola was the s**t n still is! *,*
I love my oldies. I love this song
In the rain my first slow dance this group bring back good memories
OH HELL YES ONE OF MY FAVORITE GROUPS
I love old school music
Vocals and bass lines outta
RIP in peace RON BANKS
Give a to toast to the fool
Be my girl
Your brown concerted me bby
Hey you get off my mountain get off my cloud
Thinking of you butt monkey
miss em real talk
bac n the day
I love this song so true
RON BANKS u will deeply b MISSED
Beautiful jams... Not too many know these songs..
I love this song it have message
GREAT MEMORIES YEA YEA LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE ........
Slow dancing. wow
rosendo49
Every time I hear any of their songs just good memories come to mind. We listened to them while stationed overseas back in the late 60's and early 70's. Still do to this day.
I like this song is like people to day don't thank so?
warren.clark 1 9 6 0
Not 2 ninny comments. The young peps Ned 2 take notes.
rodriguezv61 9
My songs. Memerys
One of favorite band group's, we're are you guys now? Where you are May God continue to bless!
That so 70 but old school
Yup you sure are so don't ever forget it Babe..love you
Old school jamz...love it.before my time but I love it
The dramatics is part of me when I was growing up, oldies forever baby. From old school to the new, Mr Coronado b.k.a spanky
I love this song, grown folks slow jam
Love these guys. I know two of the original members are still hanging on in there. Talented singers/perf o r m e r s
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