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“THE DRAMATICS – HEY YOU, GET OFF MY MOUNTAIN”

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The Dramatics (formerly The Dynamics) are an American soul music vocal group, formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1964. They are best known for their 1970s hit songs “In the Rain” and “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get”, both of which were Top 10 Pop hits,[1] as well as their later 1993 collaboration Doggy Dogg World with Snoop Dogg, a top 20 hit on the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40.

Career

The Dramatics originally formed in 1964, recording as the Dynamics in 1965. Their first release in 1965 entitled “Bingo” was recorded for the late Ed Wingate’s Wingate record label, a division of Golden World Records in Detroit, Michigan. Due to a misprint, Wingate changed the name of the group from The Dynamics to The Dramatics in 1966 for the group’s second release, Inky Dinky Wang Dang Doo. By 1967, Motown had absorbed the entire Golden World Records operation. The Dramatics then moved to another local Detroit label, Sport Records, where they garnered their first minor hit single, “All Because of You.”

The Dramatics originally signed for Stax Records of Memphis, Tennessee in 1968, but moved on after one unsuccessful release. However, producer Don Davis re-signed them to Stax subsidiary, Volt in 1971 after the group had teamed up with Detroit writer-producer, Tony Hester. They broke through with the first release recorded with Hester, “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get”, which Hester offered them after seeing the group perform in a Detroit nightclub. The song went into the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9 and climbing to #3 in the R&B chart. [1] “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 the age of 58),[2] William “Wee Gee” Howard (who died of a heart attack on February 22, 2000, at the age of 49), Elbert Wilkins (who died of a heart attack on December 13, 1992, at the age of 45), Willie Ford, Larry Demps and keyboardist James Mack Brown (who died on November 28, 2008, at the age of 58).

Shortly after the success of their first album, Howard and Wilkins left the group and formed their own version of The Dramatics, recording the single “No Rebate On Love” on Mainstream Records. They were replaced by Larry James “L.J.” Reynolds and Leonard “Lenny” Mayes (who died of lung cancer on November 8, 2004, at the age of 53). At the urging of Don Davis and Stax Records, the original group changed its billing to ‘Ron Banks and the Dramatics’. These two groups toured the concert circuit for four years before Banks’ group won a court battle, giving them full access to the name.” [3] Howard and Wilkins were forced to change the name of their group to “A Dramatic Experience”.

Through the 1970s, the group continued to have successful songs, including the Top 10 Pop, #1 R&B hit, “In the Rain” in 1972, “Hey You! Get Off My Mountain” (#5 R&B), “Me and Mrs Jones” (#4 R&B), originally recorded by Billy Paul three years earlier, “Be My Girl” (#3 R&B), and “Shake It Well” (#4 R&B). “In the Rain” also reached #5 on the Hot 100 pop chart and was their second million-seller. [1]

The group recorded for Don Davis’ Groovesville and later Great Lakes music production companies during the 1970s, although the recordings appeared on several labels. The group moved from Volt in 1974 after three albums, releasing one album on Chess Records’ subsidiary, Cadet sharing tracks with The Dells, who were also being produced by Davis at the time. The group then signed for ABC in 1975 and transferred five years later to MCA, after ABC closed following its buy-out by MCA. Many of the Dramatics’ songs initially were written and produced by Tony Hester, including all the tracks on the first two Volt albums. Davis, then Banks and Reynolds took over production later in the 1970s and the early 1980s.

In 1982, the group moved to Capitol Records and made their first album without Don Davis, Banks acting as producer. Only Banks, Ford and Mayes remained in the group. L.J. Reynolds left to go solo in 1981 and Larry Demps decided to go into teaching and spend more time with his family, after having joined the group’s original line-up in 1964 with Banks. When Ron Banks also decided to try a solo career, the group disbanded for a few years, but re-formed in the mid-1980s, with Howard returning to join Reynolds, Mayes, Ford and Banks to record for Fantasy Records.

The group continues to tour and presently consists of Reynolds with Winzell Kelly, Leon Franklin, Donald and Albert Ford. Willie Ford also has a Dramatics group. The Dramatics were officially inducted into the R&B Music Hall of Fame at Cleveland State University’s Waetejen Auditorium on Saturday August 17, 2013.The Dramatics were also interviewed at (but have yet to be inducted into) the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on February of 2012 . [4][5][6]

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Posted by on February 24, 2018 in brunch

 

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Florentine Egg Bake Recipe

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Total Time: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing
Makes: 8 servings

This flavorful breakfast bake comes together quickly using handy convenience foods, including refrigerated hash browns, biscuit mix and store-bought pesto. For a seafood variation, replace the ham with crabmeat.

Ingredients

1 package (20 ounces) refrigerated shredded hash brown potatoes~~

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

4 ounces Swiss cheese, cubed

4 ounces thinly sliced deli ham, coarsely chopped

8 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tablespoon prepared pesto

1 cup biscuit/baking mix

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1-1/2 cups shredded Asiago cheese

2 tablespoons minced fresh basil

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the hash browns and oil. Press into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

Combine the spinach and Swiss cheese; sprinkle over crust. Top with ham. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk and pesto. Combine the biscuit mix, salt and pepper; add to egg mixture. Stir in the Asiago cheese. Pour over ham.

Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before cutting. Sprinkle with basil. Yield: 8 servings.

Originally published as Florentine Egg Bake in Quick Cooking May/June 2005, p31

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 391 calories, 21g fat (9g saturated fat), 253mg cholesterol, 714mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.

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Posted by on February 24, 2018 in breakfast, brunch

 

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“SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT” Elton John

“SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT” Elton John

Someone Saved My Life Tonight” is an Elton John song from his album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. John originally wrote and recorded it in A-flat, though after vocal cord surgery in 1987 that resulted in him abstaining from using his falsetto range for a period, he more often performed the song in a lower key of F. It concludes side one in the album’s narrative, which chronicles the early history of John and lyricist Bernie Taupin and their struggles to find their place within the music industry. When released as the album’s only single in 1975, it was the first album to ever enter at #1 in the history of music on the Billboard Hot 100 and entered the top 25 on the UK Singles Chart. In the U.S., it was certified Gold on 10 September 1975 by the RIAA. In Canada, the single narrowly missed being his ninth number one there, hitting #2 on the RPM 100 national Top Singles chart on August 30.[1]

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Posted by on February 24, 2018 in rock, uk

 

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” LABELLE – Lady Marmalade “

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“Lady Marmalade” is a song written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan. It became a popular hit in 1975, recorded by the American girl group Labelle. The song is famous for its sexually suggestive chorus of “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?”, which translates into English as “Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?” Labelle held the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week, and topped the Canadian RPM national singles chart.

The song has had many cover versions over the years. In 1998, girl group All Saints released a cover of the song that peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart. The 2001 version by singers Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mýa, and Pink, recorded for the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack was a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. for 5 weeks.

Labelle version
Background and release
Labelle’s version of “Lady Marmalade was produced by Allen Toussaint and Vicki Wickham. It was released on August 3, 1974 as the first single from the album Nightbirds. The song was inspired by Bob Crewe’s first-hand observations of New Orleans. After it was first recorded by Kenny Nolan’s group Eleventh Hour in 1974, on Eleventh Hour’s Greatest Hits LP, Labelle’s producer Allen Toussaint decided to record it for Nightbirds. Patti LaBelle sang lead vocals on “Lady Marmalade” with backing vocals being contributed by band mates Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash. The song’s chorus, “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?”, appeared previously in the play A Streetcar Named Desire, uttered by the promiscuous Blanche DuBois. Lyrically, “Lady Marmalade” is about a prostitute. Patti LaBelle, the lead female vocal of the band, expressed that, “I didn’t know what it was about. Nobody, I swear this is God’s truth, nobody told me what I’d just sung a song about.”

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Posted by on February 24, 2018 in 1970s, entertainment, female vocalist

 

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“Phil Collins – Against All Odds”


Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” (also titled “Against All Odds“) is a song by English drummer, singer and songwriter Phil Collins. It was recorded for the soundtrack to the 1984 film of the same name. It is a power ballad in which its protagonist implores an ex-lover to “take a look at me now”, knowing that reconciliation is “against all odds” while considering it worth trying. The single reached number two in the United Kingdom, while it peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, the first of seven US number ones for Collins in his solo career.[4]

Collins was approached to write the title song to the film Against All Odds while it was still in its “rough cut form”.[7] At the time the soundtrack was being completed, Collins was on tour with Genesis. Director Taylor Hackford flew into Chicago to see one of the band’s concerts. Collins watched the movie on a videocassette recorder in his hotel room and agreed to appear on the soundtrack.[8]

Originally titled “How Can You Just Sit There?”, the song was initially from the sessions for Collins’ debut solo album Face Value (1981).[9] Collins wrote the song, while arranger Arif Mardin produced it.[8] The piano performance is by New York musician Rob Mounsey. Piano, keyboard bass and a string section arranged and conducted by Mardin were recorded at RCA Studios, New York, while Collins recorded vocals and drums in Los Angeles.[10]

According to Collins in a 1985 interview with Dan Neer: “We recorded the song in two days. One day in New York, the other in Los Angeles. The mixes were done by phone and the song went to Number 1. I couldn’t believe it”.

On episode 339 of This American Life, “Break Up”, Collins relays that the song was inspired and written shortly after the breakup between him and his first wife. In the interview he says that the divorce transformed him from being a musician into also being a lyricist.

The song was first included on a Collins album on the 1998 compilation Hits, and it also appeared on his compilation Love Songs: A Compilation… Old and New (2004). A live performance of the song also appears on the Serious Hits… Live! album. In 2015, Collins released the original demo recording from the Face Value sessions as part of his Take A Look At Me Now project.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2018 in ballad, Billboard, music, theme song

 

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“Elton John – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” 

“I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” is a song by British singer Elton John, with music by John and lyrics by Bernie Taupin and Davey Johnstone. In the US, it was one of John’s biggest hits of the 1980s, holding at #2 for four weeks on the Adult Contemporary chart, and reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song features Stevie Wonder on harmonica. The song received largely favorable reviews, with Bill Janovitz of AllMusic declaring the song “likely to stand the test of time as a standard.”[1]

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Posted by on February 23, 2018 in music

 

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