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The Dramatics

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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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Albums by
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    Joy Ride [Universal]

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    A Dramatic Experience

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    If You Come Back To Me

    9 songs

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    Somewhere in Time

    8 songs

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    Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get

    9 songs

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    Dramatically Yours

    6 songs

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    Soul Six Pack

    16 songs

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    Shake It Well: The Best of the Dramatics 1974-1980

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    Victoria

    12 songs

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    Greatest Slow Jams

    18 songs

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    The Very Best of the Dramatics

    12 songs

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    20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Dramatics

    20 songs

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    Ultimate Collection

    16 songs

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    The Best of the Dramatics

    20 songs

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    Greatest Hits Live

    11 songs

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    A Dramatic Christmas: The Very Best Christmas Of All

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    The Dramatic Jackpot

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    Any Time, Any Place

    10 songs

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    Joy Ride

    12 songs

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    Joy Ride [Expanded Edition]

    10 songs

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    Drama V [Expanded Edition]

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    Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get

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    Jackpot

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    10 1/2

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Top Songs by
The Dramatics

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  2.   Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
  3.   In the Rain
  4.   Be My Girl
  5.   Door to Your Heart
  6.   Just Shopping (Not Buying Anything)
  7.   Treat Me Like a Man
  8.   I Can't Get Over You
  9.   Ocean of Thoughts and Dreams
  10.   Me and Mrs. Jones
  11.   Hey You! Get Off My Mountain
  12.   You're the Best Thing in My Life
  13.   Toast to the Fool
  14.   Do What You Want, Be What You Are
  15.   If You Feel Like You Wanna Dance, Dance
  16.   Stop Your Weeping
  17.   Welcome Back Home
  18.   Fall in Love, Lady Love
  19.   And I Panicked
  20.   Runnin' from My Love
  21.   Get Up and Get Down
  22.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  23.   Mother Nature
  24.   Be with the One You Love
  25.   Cloud Nine
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Stations & Shows Featuring
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    Classic Soul

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    Funk Classics

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    Smooth Jams

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    '70s Hits

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    My Parents' Record Collection

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    His & Hers Radio

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    Dive Bar Jukebox

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    Oldies

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    Hotel Poolside

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    '70s Deep Dive


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