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Whatcha See is Whatcha Get

by The Sound Sculpture

The Sound Sculpture's version of the Dramatics 1971 top 10 hit.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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The Dramatics originally formed in 1962 recording as the Dramatics in 1965.Their first release in 1965 was entitled:"Bingo"and the b side was entitled:"Somewhere",recorded for the late Ed Wingate's "Wingate" record label,a division of Golden World Records in Detroit,Mi.Wingate changed the name of the group had a mis-print was called the Dynamics to The Dramatics in 1966 for the group's second release:"Inky Dinky Wang Dang Doo",the b side was entitled:"Baby I Need You",also released on the Wingate Records label.By 1967,Motown had absorbed the entire Golden World Records operation,including their publishing:Myto Music BMI,The Golden World,Ric Tic,and Wingate Record labels,as well as recording artists:Edwin Star,The San Remo Golden Strings,The Fantastic Four,and J.J.Barnes(who saw no releases on Motown).The Dramatics moved to Sport Records where they garnered their first minor hit single, "All Because of You." The Dramatics signed to Stax-Volt Records in 1968. 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.[1] Their first million selling disc "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" was awarded gold disc status by the R.I.A.A. in December 1971.[1]

Their members at this time were Ron Banks (who died of a heart attack on March 4, 2010 at age 58)[2], William "Wee Gee" Howard (who died of a heart attack on February 22, 2000 at age 49), Elbert Wilkins (who died of a heart attack on December 13, 1992 at age 45), Willie Ford, Larry Demps and keyboardist James Mack Brown (who died on November 28, 2008 at age 58). Shortly after the success of their first album, Howard and Wilkins left the group. They were replaced by L.J. Reynolds and Leonard "Lenny" Mayes. 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" (originally by Billy Paul), "I'm Going By The Stars In Your Eyes" and "Be My Girl." "In the Rain" also sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[1]. Many of the Dramatics' songs were written by Tony Hester, a Detroit writer/producer who was shot to death in a street robbery in 1980.


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