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SPN: Soul/R&B, RIP Ron Banks of the Dramatics, Iris Smith (Personal Reflection), Honor our Legends Now, Levi Stubbs (Four Tops), Johnny Carter (The Dells), Robert (Squirrel) Lester (Chi-Lites), Malia Franklin (Queen of Funk)
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RIP Ron Banks (of the Dramatics)

RIP Ron Banks (of the Dramatics)Ronald Dean Banks, born May 10, 1951

"It's not a good day Iris, as a matter of fact it is a terrible day… It's always terrible when someone dies, but it's even more so when it's your brother, your friend..."

--"L.J. Reynolds" Co-lead vocalist of The Dramatics speaking on the untimely death of founder and co- lead vocalist Ron Banks"

Ron Banks, husband, father, son, brother and friend died Thursday March 4, 2010 from a massive heart attack in his home of Detroit Michigan. I won't go into a bio, suffice to say that Ron not only an original member of The Dramatics, but also he was the founder of the group. He began singing at a very young age in family groups, grew up in a musical home, his mother sang in white supper clubs; his dad was a big band musician. He formed the Dramatics in 1962, and the rest as they say, "is history"

I was blessed to have become close to Ron, traveling with him and the Dramatics, taking photos for the Dramatics fan club, myspace, during these times I had many in-depth conversations with Ron. He worked with local inner city school districts, hoping to get computer training to inner city youth. Never one to shy away from fans, Ron would engage in deep conversations with fans after shows, pose for photos, and sign autographs. He was the ultimate performer, giving his all with each performance. I have many fond memories of Ron, having been a fan for over 40 years; my most favorite memory was very recent, 2008. We were in Atlanta, leaving the hotel heading to the venue, when I asked Ron about one of my favorite songs, which of course he sings leads… "You're Best Thing in My Life" I ask him why it wasn't a part of the show, he smiled and said, "um, I don't know" I said, "that's my favorite" he looked at me and right in the middle of the hotel lobby, begin singing, he say "Best thing in My Life' in its entirety, I was grinning from ear to ear, people stopped in their tracks to listen as he sang. When he was done, he asked me "How was that?" I was crying, he laughed, and we walked out of the hotel. Now I'm sure there are many more fans who can tell these kind of memorable stories about Ron, I'm also sure that there are many, many people who never had a chance to hear or see him perform. Our music legends are leaving us at such a fast rate, Levi Stubbs (Four Tops), Johnny Carter (The Dells), Robert (Squirrel) Lester (Chi-Lites), Malia Franklin (Queen of Funk) just to name a few…

With each passing of one of our musical legends, we hear plenty of "Oh My Gods, how sad, and most of all, I never had a chance to see them" I say to all who will read this, "GO SEE THEM NOW!" time is "NOT" on our side, drag your children, grandchildren, any youth and take them to see, hear and experience true music, true artistry, real show stoppers! Do this before it's too late, before we have none…

To the family of Ron Banks, The Dramatics, his friends, know that Ron was loved and his passing is heart wrenching, but we will keep him alive, whenever we "go outside in the rain" he gave us The Dramatics, which to me was "The Best thing in My Life"

Iris Smith
Soul-Patrol - Cleveland, Ohio
http://www.myspace.com/therealdramatics




 

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