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THE DRAMATICS FEBRUARY 1972 INTERVIEW
CONTINUING the success story of former Golden World/Ric Tic artists are the Dramatics, who were recently awarded their first Gold Disc for million-plus sales on "Watcha See Is Whatcha Get", their first national success in the States. Prior to joining Stax-Volt via their producer Don Davis, the fivesome were with Golden World for three years, during which time they recorded at least eight songs and had three singles released, including "Bingo" and "Because Of You". In those early days, the quintet consisted of Larry Reed, lead singer; Rob Davis, Ron Banks, Larry Demps and Al Wilkins. Their Golden World sessions were produced by Richard Morris, who went on to great success with Motown in the late-60's.

The Dramatics first got together in the mid-60's, when they were all still at school and, during their eight-year existance there have been only two personnel changes — Willie Howard replacing Larry Reed as lead singer and Willie Ford taking Rob Davis. These changes took effect around 1968, and shortly after that, the group joined Don Davis and then Stax.

However, "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" is not the group's first release on Volt. Don Davis produced several sessions on them before they achieved this success — most noteworthy of which is "Your Love Was Strange", a song that Messrs. Howard. Wilkins and Banks wrote themselves and that almost gave them success earlier than planned.

Their change in luck coincided with when Tony Hester came into their recording lives. For example, he wrote and produced everything on their brilliant first album, naturally entitled "Whatcha See Is Whatch Get", including the title track and follow-up, "Get Up And Get Down", as well as their upcoming single release, "Hot Pants In The Summertime" also from the album. The 'B' side will be "The Devil Is Dope", a Tony Hester song aimed at curbing the increase in drug taking in the States, a situation that the group feels strongly about themselves.

One of their ambitions is to travel and they are hoping that 1972 will see this their desire satiated, including a tour that embraces Britain and Europe, currently pencilled in for September of this year.


  
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