Black Ancestors : Ron Banks (The Dramatics)

Discussion in 'Honoring Black Ancestors' started by cherryblossom, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Messages:
    19,252
    Likes Received:
    5,505
    Gender:
    Female
    Ratings:
    +5,560
    Ron Banks, a founding member of the '70s R&B group the Dramatics, died at his home in Detroit on Mar. 4. The cause was a heart attack, according to Reuters. He was 58.

    Banks, known for his falsetto, was born in Detroit on May 10, 1951. He, along with five others, formed the Dynamics in the early '60s. The group soon became a quintet -- Banks, Rob Davis, Larry Reed, Larry "Squirrel" Demps and Elbert Wilkens -- when founding member Robert Ellington left the group, and they soon changed their name to the Dramatics.

    But more lineup changes were to come, as the band's early chart performance reportedly "discouraged" lead singer Reed and bassist Davis, according to the group's AllMusic biography. The two left the group, and were replaced with William "Wee Gee" Howard and Willie Ford, who was formerly of the group the Capitols.

    The group began on the Wingate label, but had no charting hits with that imprint. Their first hit came with 'All Because of You,' which landed at No. 43 in 1967 and was released on the label Sport. The Dramatics' big break came in 1971 with 'Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get' by Tony Hester. It reached No. 3 on the R&B chart. The group had its first R&B No. 1 with 'In the Rain,' released the following year.

    The Dramatics' cover of 'Me and Mrs. Jones,' as well as the songs 'Get Up and Get Down,' 'You're Fooling You,' 'Hey You! Get Off My Mountain' and 'Be My Girl,' were among the group's numerous other top ten R&B singles during the 1970s, when they worked mostly with the labels MCA and ABC and adapted well to the disco era. Banks remained with the group during another lineup change in 1973, when Howard and Wilkens were replaced with L.J. Reynolds, who had been in the group Chocolate Syrup, and Lenny Mayes.

    Wilkens formed his own version of the Dramatics, which forced Banks and the rest of the group to rename themselves Ron Banks & the Dramatics. Their last charting hit was 'Welcome Back Home,' released in 1980. Reynolds left the group in 1981, followed by Banks in 1983. Both pursued solo careers, but the Dramatics have since reunited several times.

    Three other members passed away before Banks: Wilkens in 1992, Howard in 2000, and James Mack Brown in 2006.

    Banks is survived by his wife, Sandy, and their six children.

    http://www.spinner.com/2010/03/06/ron-banks-of-the-dramatics-dies-at-58/
     
  2. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Messages:
    19,252
    Likes Received:
    5,505
    Gender:
    Female
    Ratings:
    +5,560
  3. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Messages:
    19,252
    Likes Received:
    5,505
    Gender:
    Female
    Ratings:
    +5,560
  4. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Messages:
    19,252
    Likes Received:
    5,505
    Gender:
    Female
    Ratings:
    +5,560
  5. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Messages:
    19,252
    Likes Received:
    5,505
    Gender:
    Female
    Ratings:
    +5,560
  6. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Messages:
    19,252
    Likes Received:
    5,505
    Gender:
    Female
    Ratings:
    +5,560
  7. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Messages:
    19,252
    Likes Received:
    5,505
    Gender:
    Female
    Ratings:
    +5,560
Loading...