Artist: The Dramatics

In the Rain – The Dramatics

The Dramatics (formerly The Dynamics) were an American soul music vocal group, formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1967. They are best known for their 1970s hit songs, “In the Rain” and “Whatcha See is Whatcha Get”

The Dramatics originally formed in 1962 as the Dynamics. They changed their name by 1967, when they garnered their first minor hit single, “All Because of You.” However, the group did not break through until their 1971 single, “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get”.

Their members at this time were Ron Banks (who died of a heart attack on March 4, 2010 at age 58), 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.

In the meantime, Howard and Wilkins formed a Dramatics splinter group, and came up with a minor R&B hit, “No Rebate on Love.” To distinguish themselves from this group, the core group temporarily dubbed themselves ‘Ron Banks and The Dramatics’. Howard eventually returned to the group for two albums, Somewhere in Time: A Dramatic Reunion and Positive State Of Mind, before departing again.

The Dramatics also were guests on the Snoop Doggy Dogg song, “Doggy Dogg World”. The song appeared on Snoop’s 1993 debut album, Doggystyle.In 2002 The Dramatics appeared on Snoop Dogg’s sixth studio album “Paid tha cost to be tha boss” on the song “Ballin'” produced by Battlecat.

The group continues to tour and presently consists of Reynolds, Ford, Winzell Kelly and Michael Brock, who replaced Mayes (who died of lung cancer on November 8, 2004 at age 53).

The Dramatics were also mentioned in the novel The Algiers Motel Incident by John Hersey . They were staying at the Algiers Motel, following a performance at Detroit’s Fox Theatre, during an alleged murder by members of the Detroit Police Department, which was one of the incidents which sparked the Detroit Riots of 1967.

In the Rain

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I wanna go outside in the rain
It may sound crazy
But I wanna go outside (go outside) in the rain

Now I, I think I’m gonna cry
And I, I don’t want you to see me cry

I wanna go outside in the rain
It may sound crazy
But I wanna go outside in the rain

Once the rain starts fallin’
On my face (on my face)
You won’t see (you won’t see, ah)
A single trace (a single trace)

But the tears I’m cryin’ (I’m cryin’)
Because of you I’m cryin’ (because of you)
Don’t want you to see me cry
Let me go, let me go, let me go

(In the rain)

Once the sun comes out
And the rain is gone away
I know I’m gonna see
A better day

But right now I think I’m cryin’ (I’m cryin’)
Because of you I’m cryin’ (because of you)
Don’t want you to see me cry (I’m cryin’)
Let me go, let me go, let me go

(Outside)
In the rain (in the rain)
It might sound crazy, but
It might sound crazy, but
But I wanna go outside in the rain
I wanna go outside (I wanna go outside)
I wanna go outside (in the rain)
It may sound crazy
I said, it may sound crazy, but
But I wanna go outside in the rain

I wanna go outside (I wanna go outside)
I wanna go outside (in the rain)
It may sound crazy
I said, it may sound crazy
But I wanna go outside in the rain

  • Audio from the 1972 album, Whatcha See is What You Get:

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