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The Dramatics cut their teeth in Detroit and were signed to the venerated Memphis label Stax. Yet they didn’t find traction with the public until the early '70s, when they positioned themselves as peers to a generation of harmony soul groups emerging from Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia. The fact that they had the backing of Memphis' session musicians gave Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get an edge over its softer competitors. The Dramatics had the harmonies to match The O’Jays, but the music of “Get Up and Get Down” and “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get” was as hard as anything James Brown was making during the same era. “Thank You for Your Love” and “Fall in Love, Lady Love” are two sublime lesser-known tracks, but the album reaches an undeniable climax with “In the Rain.” One of the most atmospheric soul ballads ever recorded, the song remains as electrifying as it is seductive.

Biography

Formed: 1962 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

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...
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