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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Best Of The Dramatics

1. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get

2. In The Rain

3. Hey You! Get Off My Mountain

4. Door To Your Heart

6. (I'm Going By) The Stars In Your Eyes

7. You're Fooling You

8. Be My Girl

9. I Can't Get Over You

10. Shake It Well

11. Ocean Of Thoughts And Dreams

12. Welcome Back Home

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Track List: Ultimate Collection

1. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get

2. Get Up And Get Down

3. In The Rain

4. Hey You! Get Off My Mountain

5. Fell For You

6. Me And Mrs. Jones

7. Choosing Up On You

8. Door To Your Heart

9. You're Fooling You

10. Be My Girl

11. (I'm Going By) The Stars In Your Eyes

12. Finger Fever

13. Shake It Well

14. I Can't Get Over You

15. Stop Your Weeping

16. I Just Wanna Dance With You

17. Ocean Of Thoughts And Dreams

18. Welcome Back Home

20. You're The Best Thing In My Life

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Track List: Be My Girl: Their Greatest Love Songs

1. In The Rain

2. Fall In Love, Lady Love

3. Me And Mrs. Jones

4. (I'm Going By) The Stars In Your Eyes

5. Treat Me Like A Man

6. Door To Your Heart

7. Just Shopping (Not Buying Anything)

8. I Can't Get Over You

9. Do What You Want, Be What You Are

10. Stop Your Weeping

11. Ocean Of Thoughts And Dreams

13. Welcome Back Home

14. You're The Best Thing In My Life

15. Be My Girl

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Track List: Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get

1. Get Up And Get Down

2. Thankful For Your Love

3. Hot Pants In The Summertime

4. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get

5. In The Rain

6. Gimme Some (Good Soul Music)

7. Fall In Love, Lady Love

8. Mary Don't Cha Wanna

9. The Devil Is Dope

10. You Could Become The Very Heart Of Me

11. Now You Got Me Loving You

12. Fell For You

13. Jim, What's Wrong With Him?

14. Hey You! Get Off My Mountain

15. Beautiful People

16. Beware Of The Man (With The Candy In His Hand)

17. Stand Up Clap Your Hands

18. Um A Song (From Your Heart)

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I always love the Dramatics,Ch o c o l a t e Syrup yes
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Hey you .... you don't deserve to be in my mountain!!!! ! !
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Just got to keep hearing this music
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Ron Banks turned it up with these boys. It's that fire.Al Wild
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~Be My Girl~ is my favorite song by The Dramatics.
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I love the Dramatics too!!!! When" I Say All there Song" Where Great����
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I,love this song.crazy about it.having heard it in a very long time...
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ginal3425
So go and Play Your Game With Someone ELSE!
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I LOVE The Dramatcs an The Dells if you never heard the LP Dells verses The Dramtics is a great LP, both groups are my fav for rolling or just easy listening .Thank both groups for such great music still today.
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Gregory jones,a.k.a. Mr.Jones
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Ms Liza u have great taste
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lizabdiaz
HEY U GOT OFF MY MOUTAIN! !!!!..... LOVE THIS SONG! !!...
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The dramatic love you all. Smile..
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lizabdiaz
Yes,u got the wrong place if need me u know how
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~Dramatics~s o u n d i n g sooooooooo good this afternoon! Soulful R&B that stirs the emotions.... l o v e it!
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The dramatics music sound beautiful .
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U called tonight, I didn't answer because im serious about this.. im ready to move on..
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Here we go again. Will you please find out why ( The best thing in my life) won't play all the way through. It starts playing for 55 seconds then it goes silent for 2 an a half minutes. I love this song but it won't play through. Please fix it
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I wish you whoever is playing this music would listen to this song. It never plays all the way through?. This has been going on for months I love this song but I can't get into it when you play only 55 seconds of it then it's silence for 2 an a half minutes then the record goes off. You need to fix that now.
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What I saw was Fargo Season 2 and this tasty tune was back'in track'in... whey kool
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This song brings back so memories
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rosievaldez2 9
Just when u think u could bring me down ...not this lady she always pulls her self up
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One of Best male groupsEver I just love this song slow dance forever
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Best group ever to have grace our earth
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Hearing this music makes me fall in love again
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Yes, Yes, Yes.
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Love there music
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The real good ole day ..
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gotta luv it
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I need to know where in the heck is the junkbox album with Ron banks
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jbfabela5
A classic jam out of 1972. LOVE IT.
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U said ad free for 12hrs,what happened?
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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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rosievaldez2 9
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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