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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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Got my tickets for October 1, 2016.
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I grew up hearing your music I love you guys
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Love❤
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This song brings back some good memories of that time
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I REALLY DO LOVE ALL OF THE DRAMATICS MUSIC SO MUCH, THEIR MUSIC ALWAYS MENT SOMETHING SPECIAL 2 ME. I ALWAYS WANTED 2 C THEM PERFORM. , THAT WOULD B SUCH A WONDERFUL BLESSING 2 HAVE HAPPEN N MY LIFE
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Thankful for your love !!!!
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Memories!!
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Okay JAMMING TO SEE IS WHAT YOU GET .. THATS RITE ..
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brnd_mack
I love this songs.
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The right time 2 mack love.wett wett.������� . .
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The stax legends.the dramatics,wh e r e are they now?...
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THE DRAMATICS MUSIC ALWAYS REMINDS ME OF MY SON JAMMER ' S FATHER, I WILL SAY THAT HE WAS MY FIRST, AND THE SONG N THE RAIN GOES REAL DEEP WITHIN MY HEART, BECAUSE OF EDWARD EARL GASTON JR. IT'S FUNNY HOW MY SON DOESN'T LIKE RAIN SONGS AT ALL, AT LEAST THAT IS SOMETHING HE TOLD ME A LONG TIME AGO, JAMMER ' S FATHER AND MYSELF REALLY DID LOVE N THE RAIN BACK THEN N 1971-1972. I WOULD LOVE 2 KNOW WHAT EVER HAPPENED 2 L. J REYNOLDS, IS HE STILL ALIVE AND SINGING WITH THE GROUP. I HAVE BEEN
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Love me some Dramatics
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Love it!!!!
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The lyrics are wrong. You guys need to fix that.
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My brother Wolf Johnson Bass singer on the Chillie babyback ribs grew up singing. The Dramatics
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Good love ����������
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The best group ever!!! I could listen to the Dramatics all day long. LOVE them!!
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I was born in the wrong era, no doubt. ;)
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Ty
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♡♡♡in
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Give me.....
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Tell me i dont play Games b Real. Wait
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Higher higheri give up
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Just. The right song at the right time
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Love❤
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Love this song, kicks a##!!!
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nancyweissbe i n
I love this song:) Hey you get off my mountain.
Brings back tons of memories!
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Love, love the Dramatics. I wanna go outside and Be my girl were my all time favorite songs. I could listen to Ron Banks forever!!!
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Good harmony the tempts Melvin franklin was the coldest bass bit the dramatics had the2nd best my name is squell best shaker in the world harmony as tight as the temptations as u see I am a tempt fan but the dramatics r right there with them have always felt this way keep on dramatics Rick H. Columbus Ohio 614
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Watcha see is what ya get - great song - too bad we cannot adopt that phrase today - wait we have the Donald
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Very hot Dramatics love mack song. Rico ��
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Last dance
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I LOVE OCEAN THOUGHTS AND DREAMS, IN THE RAIN AND ME AND MRS JONES
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All bcause of YOU im single after standing by ur side like a real loyal woman would do, too bad you have a drama excuse.. HAHA..So fkn lame YOU always made it about you. I guess all your skonkas bowed down n bumpedn blew yo head up, BUT LOOK BOO BOO YOU DA MAN RIGHT?? YOU SUPPOST TO MAKE THIS WOMAN SPECIAL AND FEEL SPECIAL. AND U ALWAYS MAKE EVERYTHINGGG ABOUT YOU, YOU MAKE THE DRAMA. SORRY I NEED A MAN THAT THINKS ABOUT ME NOT HIS SELFISH SELF. AYEE I GAVE YOU BACK, I PAST YOU BY, I GAVE UP, I
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Love this song @
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Dramatics class act and heavenly harmonies a man
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Thank you very much baby
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maryannr52
Love this music. At least it was music not like today
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I love y'all in love y'all music
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I want to thank you for your
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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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So go and Play Your Game With Someone ELSE!
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