Our Top 10 The Dramatics Songs list takes a look at a popular r&b group who got their start in the 70s. They are best known for their hit singles “In The Rain” and “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get.” These songs were top 10 Pop hits for the r&b group. They proved that an r&b group could crossover and have pop hits. It was difficult for some r&b groups to have Pop hits during that time so it was an achievement for them to score Pop hits. Let’s take a look at how The Dramatics got started.
The original members of The Dramatics were Larry Reed, Rob Davis, Ron Banks, Larry Demps, Robert Ellington and Elbert Wilkens. They formed a group in the 1960s. The group released several singles before the release of their debut album. They had a minor hit with the single “All Because Of You.” Robert Ellington left the group before they had a chance to achieve any fame. He wasn’t the only member to leave the group. Reed and Davis also left the group. They were replaced with William “Wee Gee” Howard and Willie Ford in 1969.
The Dramatics released their first album Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get in 1971. The album peaked at number 20 on the Billboard 200 charts and number five on the r&b charts. The album features the singles “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get,” “Get Up and Get Down,” “In The Rain” and “Thankful for Your Love.” “In The Rain” was the biggest hit single from the album. The album sold over 500,000 copies. After the success of their debut album, they went through member changes. Howard and Wilkens left to start their own group. They were replaced with Larry James “L.J.” Reynolds and Leonard “Lenny” Mayes.
The group released their second album A Dramatic Experience in 1973. The album reached 86 on the Billboard 200 charts and number 11 on the r&b charts. The album was a concept album. They wanted to show off their dramatic side. It didn’t perform as well as their debut album, but it was still a hit for the group. It features the singles “Fell For You,” “Hey You! Get Off My Mountain,” “Jim, What’s Wrong With Him?,” Now You’ve Got My Loving” and “The Devil Is Dope.”
Their next album was a collaboration with another r&b group. They worked with The Dells for this album. The album was called The Dells Vs. The Dramatics in 1974. It reached 156 on the Billboard 200 charts and number 15 on the r&b charts. It features the singles “I’m in Love,” “Choosing up on You,” “Love Is Missing from Our Lives” and “Door to Your Heart.” Their album Dramatically Yours also came out in 1974. The album peaked at number 36 on the r&b charts. The album didn’t have the crossover appeal that their previous albums did, but they were successful on the r&b charts. The album features the singles “I Dedicated My Life to You,” “Toast to the Fool,” “You’ve Got Me Going Through a Thing” and “I Pray She’ll Never Go Away.”
They released The Dramatic Jackpot in 1975. It peaked at number 31 on the Billboard 200 charts and number nine on the r&b charts. This collection features the songs “Me and Mrs. Jones,” “(I’m Going By) The Stars in Your Eyes,” “Good Things Don’t Come Easy,” “Never Let You Go,” “Trying to Get Over Losing You” and “I Cried All the Way Home.” The group also released Drama V in 1975. The album peaked at number 93 on the Billboard 200 charts and number 10 on the r&b charts. It features the songs “You’re Fooling You,” “Dramatic Theme/Treat Me Like a Man” and “Just Shopping, Not Buying Anything.”
The Dramatics released Joy Ride in 1976. The album peaked at number 103 on the Billboard 200 charts and number 11 on the r&b charts. The album features the singles “Finger Fever,” “Be My Girl” and “I Can’t Get over You.” They released Shake It Well in 1977. The album peaked at number 60 on the Billboard 200 charts and number 10 on the r&b charts. The project featured the singles “Shake It Well” and “Ocean of Thoughts of Dreams.” They released their next project Do You What You Wanna Do in 1978. It peaked at number 44 on the Billboard 200 charts and number 6 on the r&b charts. The album features the singles “Why Do You Want to Do Me Wrong,” “Do What You Wanna Do” and “California Sunshine.” The album went gold.
The group released Anytime, Anyplace in 1979. The album peaked at number 15 on the r&b charts. The album features the singles “I Just Wanna Dance With You,” “I Think About You,” “I’m Hooked on You” and “Love Birds.” They released the album 10 ½ in 1980. It peaked at number 61 on the Billboard 200 charts and number 14 on the r&b charts. The project features the singles “Welcome Back Home,” “Be With The One That You Love” and “It Ain’t Raining In Nobody’s House But Mine.” The Dramatics released another album in 1980 called The Dramatic Way. The album peaked at number 38 on the r&b charts. The album features the songs “Get It” and “You’re The Best Thing in My Life.”
New Dimension was released in 1982. It peaked at number 40 on the r&b charts. The group decided to change their soulful sound for a pop sound. It features the singles “Live It Up” and “Treat Me Right”. This album didn’t perform as well as their other projects. In 1989, the group released Positive State of Mind. It peaked at number 80 on the r&b charts. This was their last album to chart on Billboard 200 as well as the r&b charts. It features the singles “Positive State of Mind,” “Live Your Life” and “Bridge over Troubled Water.” They released several more albums, but they failed to chart.
The Dramatics weren’t an overnight success, but they did manage to achieve some fame. They were able to compete with other r&b groups like The Dells, The Delfonics, The Moments as well as others. They managed to score several Top 20 hits throughout the years. This Top 10 The Dramatic Songs list will feature their best songs.
# 10 – Hey You! Get Off My Mountain
The first song on our Top 10 The Dramatics Songs list is “Hey You! Get Off My Mountain” from the A Dramatic Experience album. The song has an r&b and soul sound. The heartbreaking song is about a woman who has done him wrong. Ron Banks pours his heart out as he sings about the woman who broke his heart. William “Wee Gee” Howard does an excellent job supporting him as the co-lead on the track. Their voices compliment each other very well.
Bank’s tenor vocals sound exquisite. He sounds similar to Eddie Kendricks from The Temptations. Howard’s baritone vocals are smooth as silk. He sounds similar to David Ruffin from The Temptations. The music misleads the listener into thinking it’s a love song. The music sounds romantic and soulful. The piano and violin really make the music sound romantic. It sounds magical and the musical arrangement is divine. The music compliments their voices well. The song has an unusual title, but don’t let that fool you. It’s a very beautiful song.
# 9 – All Because Of You
The next song on our Top 10 The Dramatics Songs list is the group’s first single “All Because Of You.” The romantic song has an r&b and soul sound. This was the song that introduced the world to this amazing group. This ambiguous song could be about anything. It could be about being born or appreciating where they lived. It could also be about love. Regardless of what this song is about, it is still a good song. The song has a Motown feel to it. It sounds like something The Temptations would sing. The mid-tempo sound makes you want to get up and move around. The saxophone and guitar give the music a funky sound. Larry Reed sings lead on this track. His vocals sound smooth like butter. He sings in time with all of the beat changes. The only complaint about the song is that the music is a little louder than he is. If you can overlook that minor flaw, you will enjoy the song.
# 8 – Toast To The Fool
The regretful song is from The Dramatically Yours album. The track has an r&b and soul sound. The cautionary tale is about a woman who was with a man who broke her heart. She’s being warned not to go back to him after what he did to her. This song is relatable to anyone who is on the outside of a relationship and watching it fall apart. How many times have we had to try to be the voice of reason for someone in a bad relationship? Ron Banks used his sweet falsetto in the song as he convincingly told the woman “I told you so.” He pleads for her to listen to him as he warns her not to take the guy back in her life. Larry James “LJ” Reynolds has a raw edge to his voice. You can hear the pain as he sings to the woman in the story. Reynolds voice is strong and gritty towards the end of the song. Banks holds little notes that are definitely worth a listen. The Dramatics have incredible harmonies in the song.
# 7 – Shake It Well
The party song is from the album of the same name. The song has an r&b and soul sound to it. This track gave the group a chance to do something a little different. They sing beautiful love songs so this was a different choice for the group. This bouncy song is about a woman shaking “her thing” on the dance floor. It could have been a novelty song, but The Dramatics managed not to make it sound like one. The music is suitable for r&b, funk, and disco fans. There’s something in the music to please everyone. It has a bouncy beat that is impossible to listen to without moving around. The music is the star of the song. The lyrics may get lost because the music is so captivating. This track gives Larry Demps a chance to sing lead. He has a low baritone voice and it works with the funky beat. He sings in time with the drumbeat. The rest of the Dramatics harmonize well in the background.
# 6 – I Can’t Get Over You
This heartfelt song is from the Joy Ride album. It has an r&b and soul sound to it. This is a grieving ballad about not being able to get over the love he lost. He wants to get her back in his life because he can’t let her go. Most people have been in this situation at least once or twice. This song is relatable to anyone who has lost someone that they love. This type of song is in the group’s comfort zone. Reynolds wants the woman to know how much he wants her back in his life. He starts the song off by talking to the woman. He proceeds to tell the story about how much he loves and misses her.
There’s no way a woman could reject a man after hearing him sing this song as passionately as he did. Reynolds poured his heart out in this song. His vocals are pure magic. His performance is incredible. You can almost feel the pain in his voice as he expresses how he feels about the love he lost. The pain feels fresh as he tells the story. He belts after the first verse. There aren’t enough words to express how wonderful this man’s voice is. You could get lost listening to him sing this song.
# 5 – Be My Girl
The next song on our Top 10 The Dramatics Songs list is “Be My Girl” from the Joy Ride album. The song has an r&b and soul sound. This soulful ballad is about a man wanting someone to be his girl. The music is soothing and romantic. It has pounding piano chords and a soothing violin. This song takes you to places you’ve never been before. The Dramatics sound outstanding on this track. They take you on a vocal roller coaster as they take turns singing lead on this track. Banks really soars throughout the song as he hits those incredible high notes. He sings every note in perfect pitch. He took a chance singing and holding notes in falsetto. He had the potential of his voice breaking, but he pulled it off wonderfully. Reynolds sounds smooth and velvety. The Dramatics sounds harmonious in the background. Everything about this song works from the beautiful vocals to the magnificent music.
# 4 – You’re Fooling You
This bitter track is from The Dramatics greatest hits album. The song has an r&b, funk and disco sound. This mid-tempo track is a vengeful song about a woman betraying a man. She uses the man for his money and takes advantage of him. He puts her on notice that she’s only fooling herself if she thinks she getting away with it. The music has a funky and bouncy beat that’s perfect for dancing. This song was another opportunity for the group to step outside of their comfort zone of love ballads. They proved they could do music with tempo. The message comes across clearly even with the disco beat being a factor. The song has a simple chorus that’s easy to remember. They repeat the title over and over. It will stick in your head after the song is done. This is another song that sounds like something The Temptations would have sang. Different members of the group get a chance to sing lead on the song. Their different voices give the song something extra.
# 3 – Me And Mrs. Jones
This controversial song is from The Dramatic Jackpot album. The track has an r&b and soul sound. This is a song about adultery. It’s about a man having an affair with a married woman. This song is a remake of Billy Paul’s big hit. The Dramatics took a risk taking on the challenge of remaking a song that’s synonymous with a singer. They managed to pull it off well. They don’t stray too far from the original version of the song. The melody of the music is slightly different from the original version.
The drumbeat sounds different from Paul’s version. The drums sound louder in this version of the song. The group has a five-part harmony in the track that wasn’t in the original version. This song shows the group’s vocal mastery and showmanship. They all get the chance to shine on this song. Everyone sounds so great on the track and it’s easy to get lost listening to them sing the song. Their voices blended well together. Their version is just as good as Billy Paul’s version.
# 2 – Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
The soulful song is from the album of the same name. The track has an r&b and soul sound. This is an in-your-face song which is self-explanatory. The guys are basically telling the women they love that they are real. You see exactly what you are going to get from them. The music has a funky beat that’s suitable for the time it was released. It has an old school sound without sounding too dated. The drums and horns stand out the most in the music. The bass line is amazing. The groove on this track is phenomenal and will have you swaying in your seat. All of the members get a chance to sing lead on this song. Ron Banks tries his hand at scatting. It was a nice surprise to hear him do that. They all get a chance to shine on the track. Their harmonies are to die for on this song. They all sound powerful. The lyrics are powerful and meaningful and are relevant in today’s society.
# 1 – In The Rain
The number one song on our Top 10 The Dramatics Songs list is the delicate ballad “In The Rain” from the What You See Is What You Get album. The song has a soul sound. This is a touching song about a man wanting to go outside in the rain so no one could see him crying over a broken relationship. He wants to hide his tears within the rain. Men don’t usually sing songs like this so this song is guaranteed to be a winner with female fans. This song gives listeners a chance to hear men sound sensitive. The music is unique because it includes rain and thunder in it.
The guitar is cleverly played in a way that makes it sound like bolts of lightning. It was an unusual choice, but it fits with the theme of the song. Here is some trivia about the song. The songwriters knew about the comparisons to The Temptations so they wanted to focus on the tenor voices of Ron Banks and William “Wee Gee” Howard. They didn’t want Howard to sound similar to David Ruffin. He does sound like him despite their best efforts to change up his sound. Banks sounds like Eddie Kendricks. Despite all of that, their voices are masterful. This song is flawless and deserves the number one spot on our list.