Caption: Ron Banks (top left) and the Dramatics, Credit: http://www.myspace.com/therealdramatics
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Ron Banks (top left) and the Dramatics 

Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get: Ron Banks/The Dramatics (Part One)

From: Howard Burchette
Series: The Funk Show
Length: 55:14

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Interview with RON BANKS, founder of the R&B vocal group THE DRAMATICS. Ron talks with HOWARD BURCHETTE about all of their hits, GEORGE CLINTON, THE DELLS, and DETROIT, The Music business, public education and family life. This will be a DRAMATIC EXPERIENCE!

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The Dramatics garnered their first minor hit single, "All Because of You." However, the group did not break through until their 1971 single, "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get," which broke into the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9. Their first million selling disc "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" was awarded gold disc status by the R.I.A.A. in December 1971. Their members at this time were Ron Banks, William "Wee Gee" Howard, Elbert Wilkins, Willie Ford, Larry Demps and keyboardist James Mack Brown. Through the 1970s, the group appeared on Soul Train and continued to have hits, including the #1 R&B hit, "In the Rain", "Toast to the Fool", "Me and Mrs. Jones" "I'm Going By The Stars In Your Eyes" and "Be My Girl." 


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The Dramatics garnered their first minor hit single, "All Because of You." However, the group did not break through until their 1971 single, "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get," which broke into the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9. Their first million selling disc "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" was awarded gold disc status by the R.I.A.A. in December 1971. Their members at this time were Ron Banks, William "Wee Gee" Howard, Elbert Wilkins, Willie Ford, Larry Demps and keyboardist James Mack Brown. Through the 1970s, the group appeared on Soul Train and continued to have hits, including the #1 R&B hit, "In the Rain", "Toast to the Fool", "Me and Mrs. Jones" "I'm Going By The Stars In Your Eyes" and "Be My Girl." 


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Ron Banks

Thank you, what a great tribute on this sad day. 4/3/2009.

Broadcast History

October 2009

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get The Dramatics The Best of the Dramatics. Fantasy 1986 05:28
Toast to the Fool The Dramatics The Best of the Dramatics. Fantasy 1986 05:28
Hey You! Get off My Mountain The Dramatics The Best of the Dramatics. Fantasy 1986 03:28
Now You've Got Me Loving You The Dramatics The Best of the Dramatics. Fantasy 1986 03:28
We're In The Middle L.J. & Reynolds The Relations - T The cream of vintage soul vol. 1. Life On Mars 1997 03:28
Let One Hurt Do Chocolate Syrup Battle of the Bands Round Four. Sequel 1977 03:00
The Fruit Song Jeannie Reynolds Cherries, Bananas & Other Fine Things. Casablanca 1976 07:07
There Is The Dells The Best of Chess Vocal Groups, Vol. 2. Chess 1991 03:00
Back in My Arms Again The Supremes The Supremes [2000 Box Set]. Universal Import 2000 03:00
Baby I Need Your Loving The Four Tops Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971. Mowtown 2009 02:44
I'll Wait The Parliaments Testify: Best of the Early Years [IMPORT]. Connoisseur 2000 03:00
I'll Wait (Instumental) The Parliaments Testify: Best of the Early Years [IMPORT]. Connoisseur 2000 03:00
Freak in Me E-LIFE It' Time. Dele Music LLC 2008 03:57

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