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Saturday, June 20 • 7:30pm - 8:45pm
The Dramatics featuring Willie Ford

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The Original Hip Hop Shop pays tribute to One of Detroit's own living legends Willie Ford that helped pave the way for Hip Hop Music being one of the most sampled groups in music history. Join for an exclusive evening with Willie Ford featuring The World Famous Dramatics.



The Dramatics are one of the most underrated vocal aggregations of all time, and The Best of the Dramatics shows just how powerful this group could be.  Its signature hit “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get”, with its Latin-tinged groove, anchors this 16-song set, along with the haunting “In The Rain” and the message song “The Devil Is A Dope”, the latter showing more than a hint of the Temptations influence inevitable for any Detroit-based vocal group of this period.  Ensemble singing is elevated to a new level on Dramatically Yours, and although Banks and Reynolds carry most of the leads, all of the fellas get a chance to shine. Willie Ford’s bass punctuates “Toast To The Fool” and the lyrical interplay on “Highway to Heaven” glides with an “Under the Boardwalk” feel.  The reissue Me and Mrs. Jones consolidates some of the Dramatics’ best work ever, the highlight being a reworking of the Billy Paul megahit which actually eclipses the original.


The Essential Album Guide

Whatcha See Is Whatcha GetGet Up And Get Down | Thank You For Your Love| Hot Pants In The Summertime | Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get | In The Rain | Gimme Me Some (Good Soul Music) | Fall In Love, Lady Love | Mary Don’t Cha WannaVolt ~ January 15, 1972

A Dramatic ExperienceThe Devil Is A Dope | You Could Become The Very Heart Of Me | Now You Got Me Loving You | Fell For You | Jim, What’s Wrong With Him? | Hey You! Get Off My Mountain | Beautiful People | Beware Of The Man (With The Candy In His Hand) | Stand Up And Clap Your HandsVolt ~ October 27, 1973

Dramatically YoursAnd I Panicked | I Dedicate My Life To You | You’ve Got Me Going Through A Thing | I Pray She’ll Never Go Away | I Made Myself Lonely | Highway To Heaven | Beautiful Feeling | Toast To The Fool | It’s So Hard Trying To Get Over YouVolt ~ May 11, 1974

The Dramatic Jackpot(I’m Going By) The Stars In Your Eyes | Good Things Don’t Come Easy | Trying To Get Over Losing You | I Cried All The Way Home | Never Let You Go | A Thousand Shades Of Blue | Me Myself And I | I Dig Your Music | Me and Mrs. Jones | How Do You FeelABC ~ March 29, 1975

Drama VYou’re Fooling You | She’s A Rainmaker | I Was The Life Of The Party | Things Are Changing | I’m Gonna Love You To The Max | Treat Me Like A Man | Just Shopping (Not Buying Anything) | Come Out Of Your Thing | I’ll Make It So GoodABC ~ November 15, 1975

Joy RideFinger Fever | Richest Man Alive | Stand Up And Move | Sing And Dance Your Troubles Away | I Get Carried Away | Be My Girl | After This Dance | Say The Word | I Can’t Get Over You | Sundown Is Coming (Hold Back The Night)ABC ~ October 23, 1976

Shake It Well Shake It Well | You Make The Music (I Just Dance Along) | My Ship Won’t Sail Without You | Come Inside | Spaced Out Over You | That Heaven Kind of Feelin | (I Like) Makin’ You So Happy | Oceans of Thoughts and Dreams | Music Is ForeverABC ~ August 13, 1977

Do What You Wanna Do  GOLD ABC 1978

10 1/2Music Is The People’s Choice | Welcome Back Home | Runnin’ From My Love | Love Is Here | I Just Wanna Dance the Night Away | If You Feel Like You Wanna Dance | It Ain’t Rainin’ (On Nobody’s House But Mine) | Be With The One You LoveMCA ~ March 8, 1980

The Dramatic WayGet It Givin Up My LoveYou’re the Best Thing in MyLife (We NeedMore Lovin Time) Turn on the Music How Can I Be SureShare Your Love With MeMCA Records1980

Somewhere In TimeDream Lady | Razor Blade|One Love Ago | Show MeWhat You Got | When Love Is Over | Somewhere In Time / In The Rain / Fell For You / Hey You, Get Off My Mountain / Girl, Stop Your Weeping / Be My Girl |Days of Yea and Ney | Luv’s Callin | She’s Wild1985

The Best of the DramaticsGet Up and Get Down | Thank You For Your Love | Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get | In The Rain | (Gimme Some) Good Soul Music | Fall In Love, Lady Love | The Devil Is a Dope | You Could Become the Very Heart of Me | Fell For You | Hey You! Get Off My Mountain | Beware of the Man (With the Candy in His Hand) And I Panicked | I Dedicate My Life To You | I Made Myself Lonely | Highway to Heaven | Toast to the FoolVolt ~ 1986

Dramatics LiveIntro | Get Up And Get Down | Thankful For Your Love | This Guy’s In Love With You | Respect Yourself | That’s The Way I Feel Aboutcha | Toast To The Fool | In The Rain | Whatcha See Is Whatcha GetStax ~ 1988

Positive State of MindPositive State of Mind | Live Your Life | Bridge Over Troubled Water | Blame It On New York City | Please Say You’ll Be Mine | Give Me Some Attention Tonight | Come On and Stay | Bridge Over Troubled Water (Instrumental)Volt~ June 3, 1989

Mellow DramaOne Monkey Don’t Stop No ShowHurt By Love | Sexy Devil |Cloud Nine | Paradise | Space Age | Everything Reminds Me Of You | For Your Love | Mother Nature | Key To The World |Space Age1995

Dramatics: Ultimate Collection Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get | Get Up And Get Down | In The Rain | Hey You! Get Off My Mountain | Fell For You | Me and Mrs. Jones | Choosing Up On You | Door To Your Heart | You’re Fooling You | Be My Girl (Single Version) | Finger Fever | Shake It Well (Single Version) | I Can’t Get Over You | Stop Your Weeping (Single Version) | I Just Wanna Dance With You | Oceans Of Thoughts And Dreams | Welcome Back Home | That’s My Favorite Song | You’re The Best Thing In My Life September 19, 2000

Look InsideLook Inside | Looks Like RainGot My Pride | Pushin’ Up On YaWhat Must I Do | Baby BooRight In the Middle of Heaven | Special Lady | I’m So Alone | Better Love As FriendsJanuary 2002

The Dramatics Greatest Hits LiveDramatics Theme | Treat Me Like a ManJust Shopping (Not Buying Anything)Hey You! (Get Off My Mountain) | In the Rain | Fell For You  | Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get | I Can’t Get Over YouBeware of the Man (With the Candy In His Hand  The Devil Is A Dope | Shake It WellDramatic Medley | Thank You For Your Love | Fall in Love, Lady Love | Doggy Doggy World | Me & Mrs Jones | You’re Fooling You | Door to Your Heart | Be My Girl | Stand Up and Clap Your HandsGet Up and Get Down November 2002

Saturday June 20, 2015 7:30pm - 8:45pm PDT
Mural Amphitheatre Seattle Center

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