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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
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I love this song
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ginal3425
Their the best group ever...I can listen to them all day and all night
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M.portee55@g m a i l . c o m old school REAL DEAL
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OLD~SCHOOL// / N I C E \\\
Walking In The Rain .
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gwiz1129
old school is the best school
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LOVE THEM ALWAYS...... J A M M I N G AT WORK . GOOD CLEAN MUSIC....YES !
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GO
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There one guy I use to love being out in the rain with . ..
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Hey now
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GREAT THROWBACK MUSIC STILL SOUNDS GOOD
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The Dramatics had to compete with the great groups of Motown and were able to hold their own.
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The devil is dope
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I love,love this Great music
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Classic that I LUV!
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wisdomcounts 3
Ok!
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I can't get over you �� real music love, love, love the Dramatics!!
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What raw emotion went into this performance! Classic! They just don't make songs like this any more!
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Wow! growing up has been Beautiful, we had this
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What you see is watches get
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I will never shame any ones Name
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c2sealock
Sickos
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c2sealock
We know the mamas story and yours too. Liars less than ....you finish it atomic dog and gfriend
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chilling and watching the clouds roll bye

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Smoooo, gangsta , lowriding music !
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tHIS HERE IS REAL MUSIC
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davidnsarah2 4 5
this is me and my husband. 30 years married
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This. Is. The. S**t
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LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!! :)
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losangelesra i d e r s 3 2 3 4
That's what I told my Wife 9 years ago . Still married..
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I'm. For. Real. As. Real. As. Real. Can. Get. True. Song
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real true music with a purpose and understandin g , and a meaning.
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This is Real music!! They don't make songs like this anymore
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One of my Favorites "The Dramatics"!! !
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My favorite song
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LUV this song
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Be my girl....My all time favorite Dramatics' song always.
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shawnda_wash i n g t o n
The music of yesteryear is the best.
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Make no mistake this group will stand with all of the silky smooth groups of that era. No tener like ron banks.
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This song had a little latin beat to it, great song, great group!!
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Mentally we can! its these ungrateful adults that did n t teach their love ones love! I love the music and my children as well as grand children! let s show them!!!!
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j2walsh2002
These were the ole days. Wish I can turn the clock back to this time. We had good times. The world is so messed up, the young folks just don' know how much love and fun we had :-)
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waywayback
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When life was simple and uncomplicate d ! !!
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In The Rain....memo r i e s New Years 89...senior year. Love The Dramatics!!!
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Dramatics puttin it down oh yes hooah!
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Classic from the Dramatics all the way to the Keith Sweat version!
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Dang.....thi s is deep. .real....
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Man it just doesn't get any better than this. Pure classic....
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