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In Black America Podcast
12:14 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Remembering Ron Banks, Founder of The Dramatics

The Dramatics. Ron Banks, front row, center.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late Ron Banks. Banks, singer and a founding member of the Detroit vocal group, which formed in the mid-1960s and continued to play for avid audiences around the country.

Banks’ sweet voice and smooth choreography helped distinguish the Dramatics, particularly in Detroit’s post-Motown scene of the 1970s, when the group enjoyed crossover pop success with songs such as "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get” and “In the Rain.”

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In Black America Podcast
10:44 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

A Tribute to the Late Lena Horne

Lena Horne

In celebration of Black History month, In Black America presents an encore presentation of "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music" an extended interview with her that originally aired in March 1983.

Born on June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, Lena Horne became one of the most popular African American performers of the 1940's and 1950's. At the age of sixteen she was hired as a dancer in the chorus of Harlem’s famous Cotton Club. There she was introduced to the growing community of jazz performers, including Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, and Duke Ellington. She also met Harold Arlen, who would write her biggest hit, “Stormy Weather.” For the next five years she performed in New York nightclubs, on Broadway, and touring with the Charlie Barnet Orchestra. 

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