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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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It meant something then and it can mean something now... think about, where are you in your life today. Appreciation .
WELL IM DONE.TRYING, ITS TOO BAD YOU DIDN'T WANT ME OR APPRECIATE A RIGHTEOUS WOMANS REAL LOVE.
One of those jams that was remade Keith Sweat did it justice
Love the Dramatics!! LJ Reynolds can sing!!
zentwanzi191 3
I loved this group as a 16 yr old. And I still love them at 55!
In The Rain: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS SONG
TAKE ME BACK TO THE YEAR 1995 WHEN I MET THE MAN OF DREAMS AND SONG THIS SONG. EVERYTIME HE NOT AROUND I PLAYED THIS SONG ALOT TWENTY YEARS LATER WE STILL TOGETHER SMILE...
So sad they lost Ron. LJ Reynolds is still the man!
cla_47
I was drafted station in fort Meyer when this came out, hit then hit know my how years have passed
Ms Capricorn...
nancyweissbe i n
It's raining here in CT 10/04/14❤️
BRING THE MOTOR CITY SOUND TO CHICAGO BRING ON THAT WILL BE BATTLE OF THE MID-WEST BEST GROUP WIN CONGS SMILE....
Old school , old school
In The Rain...memor i e s . . . 1 9 8 8 New Year's Eve senior year in high school. Good times...=)
THANK YOU FOR THE NICE MUSIC BACK IN THE DAY TAKE ME BACK TO MY OWN PLACES AND SPACES IN TIME LOVE YOU ALL SMILE....... .
What you SEE IS WHAT YOU GET
Was one of the best groups ever!
This Pandora station is the ultimate muzic machine, U gotta luv it!!!!!!!!!
I Luv me some Dramatics, I play them all the time in the crib.......
rhall008
Good stuff miss this style of music thanks
Toast to the fool
Now when. say the 70's has great music, this is the time when real music was and still is wonderful to listen tooooo!
SHAKE IT WELL WELCOME HOME, AND ALL THE REST SMILE..
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.....
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!!!

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