Dramatics founder Ron Banks dead at 58

March 5, 2010


Ronald Dean Banks 1951-2010

By BRIAN McCOLLUM
Free Press Pop Music Writer

Ron Banks, whose silky falsetto helped give the Dramatics one of the most enduring careers in R&B, has died at home in Detroit. He was 58.

Banks died at about noon today, possibly of a massive heart attack, said Billy Wilson, president of the Motown Alumni Association.

The Obituary continues here at FREEP.COM

This afternoon while at work I checked my email only to find this distressing news in the form of an email with the subject line “R.I.P. – Ron Banks of the Dramatics” from the Publisher of the “Soul Tracks” website.  I read the post and could barely get it back together to continue working.

As with the loss of MJJ, the loss of Ron Banks is another blow that shook me to the core as if he were a family member.

Although I never met him personally, we were two years apart in age and grew up musically together.  Mr. Banks was a great admirer of the late great Eddie Kendricks as was I. But Ron had a sound all his own.

Just listen to this to hear for yourself.  I blogged about this song here on OSML before: but since it is my favorite Dramatics song of all here it is again!

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I can always pick the sweet tenor stylings of Eddie, Ron Banks and Ronald Isley out of a sea of voices. It doesn’t matter if they are singing lead or are in the background I can always pick them out. These three gentleman are  at the top of the heap in terms of tenor vocals  in the entire history of  modern pop music IMHO.

My condolences go out the the Banks family, friends and all the the fans that loved him as I did for bringing so  much joy and pleasure into my life.

Ron’s tenor is superb in this song — isn’t it?

Musically Yours,

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1 Scott @ Free itunes codes March 8, 2011 at 10:03 am

Wicked post thanks

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