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  1. #1401
    And AWB had so many great songs. I couldn't pick out the top 10.

  2. #1402
    WAR was on top of the world during the mid-70s.

  3. #1403
    An underrated classic.

  4. #1404
    My heart broke when Al Jarreau died as if it was someone I know. Loved this dude.

  5. #1405
    And another:

  6. #1406
    That was a great album.

  7. #1407
    He had so much control of his voice.

  8. #1408
    This isn't a classic per se but I picked it up at a second hand shop in Columbus and loved this song. I don't think he ever broke outside of NYC.

  9. #1409
    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    And AWB had so many great songs. I couldn't pick out the top 10.
    That was one of their great ones.

  10. #1410
    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    This isn't a classic per se but I picked it up at a second hand shop in Columbus and loved this song. I don't think he ever broke outside of NYC.
    Emmanuel Steward, legendary Boxing Manager,coach etc. brought Alyson Williams in to sing for me at my birthday party at his club "Emmanuel's Place" in Detroit in 1994. Best birthday ever........!

  11. #1411
    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    We've had Enchantment songs on this thread but this song was one of the ones that broke them out.
    Me and my buddies were to sing this at our High School carnival just before we graduated but broke up over who was going to be the lead singer! LOL!

  12. #1412
    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    Emmanuel Steward, legendary Boxing Manager,coach etc. brought Alyson Williams in to sing for me at my birthday party at his club "Emmanuel's Place" in Detroit in 1994. Best birthday ever........!
    He had a heck of a run back in the 80s. Kronk Gym was on top of the boxing world for most of that decade. Sorry to hear about his passing a few years ago. He must have really been fond of you!

  13. #1413
    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    Me and my buddies were to sing this at our High School carnival just before we graduated but broke up over who was going to be the lead singer! LOL!
    I need to dig into their back story. Great great great outfit.

  14. #1414
    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    He had a heck of a run back in the 80s. Kronk Gym was on top of the boxing world for most of that decade. Sorry to hear about his passing a few years ago. He must have really been fond of you!
    He was a great guy! I remember sitting with him and my mother one afternoon just talking about things that were going on in the city and he offered to through the party. I was very happy about it of course. I also remember we use to party in the same places as Tommy Hearns, also an excellent guy. I do miss Mr. Steward and those good old days. I miss Obie Benson of the Four Tops telling us we didn't have to stand online to get into a popular club downtown, he got us in in front of a bunch of people. Still remember his "whiskey voice" hehehehehehe!

  15. #1415
    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    I need to dig into their back story. Great great great outfit.
    There is really not a lot to it or rather that's much different from a lot of groups from Detroit. Just a bunch of dudes, buddies that got together to harmonize. They sounded good together and the rest was as they say "history". Enchantment were very underrated. So were the Floaters.

  16. #1416
    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    The Dramatics debut this jam on local Detroit television in October of 1977 "Shake It Well"


    I couldn't. Love. This. More!!!


    ***DETROIT'S FINEST*** (If y'all ask me... I know you don't! But it still might be true )

  17. #1417
    ..........I just have to! I could pick so many cuts & live clips...it's endless... But right now let's post this one:



    If you're on Facebook, guys, I hope you're in these groups or would consider joining. Keep the love for this amazing act & legacy going strong

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/53166515698/
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  18. #1418
    Quote Originally Posted by thatanyway View Post
    I couldn't. Love. This. More!!!


    ***DETROIT'S FINEST*** (If y'all ask me... I know you don't! But it still might be true )
    Oh that was my most favorite record at the start of my senior year in high school followed closely by "Boogie Nights" by Heatwave.

  19. #1419
    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    Oh that was my most favorite record at the start of my senior year in high school followed closely by "Boogie Nights" by Heatwave.
    Damn Marv, I forgot about this great thread!

  20. #1420
    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    There is really not a lot to it or rather that's much different from a lot of groups from Detroit. Just a bunch of dudes, buddies that got together to harmonize. They sounded good together and the rest was as they say "history". Enchantment were very underrated. So were the Floaters.
    What did u think of the Detroit Emeralds?

  21. #1421
    Quote Originally Posted by detmotownguy View Post
    What did u think of the Detroit Emeralds?
    I loved the Detroit Emeralds. I can still remember seeing them perform on a local television dance show in Toledo. "Feel the Need" is one of favorites.

  22. #1422
    Ah Ha!


  23. #1423
    Here they are again on TV


  24. #1424
    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    Here they are again on TV

    Thanks for posting Marv.

  25. #1425
    Quote Originally Posted by detmotownguy View Post
    Thanks for posting Marv.
    You're welcome DET! We had the best! coming from where we came from!

  26. #1426
    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    Oh that was my most favorite record at the start of my senior year in high school followed closely by "Boogie Nights" by Heatwave.

    Sweet. I'm afraid that I got to all this a little later!

    Everybody's seen this but it doesn't hurt to repeat it...often... I start this at 5:36 - and THE quote ''Are y'all still there?!"...lol...Personally, the first time I saw what comes after that I was literally on the floor after like some scene in a Goldie Hawn comedy Whaaat? I had seen them in irl a long time before then, and they were g-r-e-a-t, but I had no idea they did THIS! It's my very fav clip on YT.


  27. #1427
    Quote Originally Posted by thatanyway View Post
    Sweet. I'm afraid that I got to all this a little later!

    Everybody's seen this but it doesn't hurt to repeat it...often... I start this at 5:36 - and THE quote ''Are y'all still there?!"...lol...Personally, the first time I saw what comes after that I was literally on the floor after like some scene in a Goldie Hawn comedy Whaaat? I had seen them in irl a long time before then, and they were g-r-e-a-t, but I had no idea they did THIS! It's my very fav clip on YT.

    They debuted "Shake It Well" on local Detroit TV. They performed it for the first time on "The Scene" our local daily dance show on WGPR Channel 62. Right after that it was on the radio a lot and we all went out and bought it. The last time I saw this particular group of the Dramatics was in 1987 when my Mother's social group hired them for a party they gave.

  28. #1428
    Moving on up to 1989-90, this group from the U.K. knocked me out!


  29. #1429
    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    They debuted "Shake It Well" on local Detroit TV. They performed it for the first time on "The Scene" our local daily dance show on WGPR Channel 62. Right after that it was on the radio a lot and we all went out and bought it. The last time I saw this particular group of the Dramatics was in 1987 when my Mother's social group hired them for a party they gave.

    Was the best shaker in the wurll there for that private?

  30. #1430
    Quote Originally Posted by thatanyway View Post
    Was the best shaker in the wurll there for that private?
    I can't remember, but I think Squirrel was with them that night even if for a short period thereafter. I remember speaking to Willie Ford when he came by our table.

  31. #1431
    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    I can't remember, but I think Squirrel was with them that night even if for a short period thereafter. I remember speaking to Willie Ford when he came by our table.

    I do understand, marv2. After speaking with Mr. Ford you simply couldn't recall if any other Dramatics were present

    As you were! (Over & out here for me )

  32. #1432
    Quote Originally Posted by thatanyway View Post
    i do understand, marv2. After speaking with mr. Ford you simply couldn't recall if any other dramatics were present

    as you were! (over & out here for me )
    huh???????

  33. #1433
    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    huh???????


    Marv2, I don't want to leave you hanging here any longer. Go easy on me now tho, because I come to join you..., I just had a death in my family a few days ago, so please...

    I didn't assume they were speaking in 1987. Were they? You say so. Great...(not really) news....

    Here is a classic interview (from exactly when I don't know) about how they weren't really speaking for quite some time. I didn't hear it just now, I heard it ''some time'', I don't recall quite what's said here, and for sure not what's said in full.



    It has quite a bit of music, but I feel like moving pictures too, so I'll put one of those below.

  34. #1434
    Here's one




    Written by LJ Reynolds, in a combo arrangement. I love this!

  35. #1435
    Marv2 It will be a tripple here. I did my Squirrel maths while I took my shelties out just now, and he left in 1981, right? I'm not sure, you correct me if I'm wrong there - see I was no where near any of this music in realtime at the time. He left among other reasons because Ron Banks and Forest Hamilton brought someone else in to do the choreography, right? That was a mean move!!! Squirrel's steps are THE BEST EVER IMHO he just leaves Charlie Atkins in the dust!!! Anyway, then he, Mr. Demps, was back for the Snoop collab, so that was in 1993. Nevermind about The Dramatics' reunion and WeeGee being back between 1987 and 1989, this was an organization where people came and went, so I wouldn't be surprised at all if they did privates with another line-up or whatever. I just leave that OUT But at the time, in 1987, The Dramatics were in fact performing someone else's choroegraphy on Soul Train and so forth. That must have been such a bitch for Squirrel, and so unfair in every way, because his steps were such a part of this group's charm. However, that was what was happening at their 'dayjob' at the time. So that 10 year period, was it? (I didn't listen just now) when there was no communication must have been sometime between 1981 and 1993, when Squirrel was back in the fold working with them?

    I have no idea!

    And I said I'd never talk about The Dramatics here again, but it's just fate, innit???

    Marv2, it's quite busy on my end, so do your Classic Soul Jams here - it's a great thread you've got going! And if you come in to comment on The Dramatics' theme here in these last few posts, please know that I'm so busy but I will come in to read and comment even if it takes weaks Just keep those great clips coming in the meantime.
    Last edited by thatanyway; 10-02-2019 at 01:53 PM.

  36. #1436
    One of my favorite music memories of 1970!


  37. #1437
    1971 would not have been the same without this one......


  38. #1438
    They were as popular with us kids as the Jackson 5 at one brief point in 1972:


  39. #1439
    September 1973......


  40. #1440
    From 1994's "Above the Rim"!


  41. #1441
    My JAM from 1998!


  42. #1442
    Eric B. & Rakim!!! 1987


  43. #1443
    One of the best from 1999!


  44. #1444
    One of my very favorites from 1990:


  45. #1445
    It was Fall 1977 and it was PARTY TIME!!!!

  46. #1446
    Can't forget this one from the summer of 1986!


  47. #1447
    I know this is not generally considered a Classic Soul Jam......but I liked it a lot:


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  50. #1450
    The Killa record in the summer of '85!


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