THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
693-William DeVaughn-Be Thankful for What You Got.
1974-Number 31 single.Best Bit-At 2.11.’I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.
‘Willian Edward DeVaughn Jr. was born on November 28, 1947, in Washington D.C. United States. He has chosen to only record sporadically,with religion playing a big part in his life.He has released just three studio Albums,’Be Thankful for What You Got’ (1974,) ‘Figures Can’t Calculate'(1980,) and ‘Time Will Stand Still'(2008.)DeVaughn wrote a song called ‘A Cadillac Don’t Come Easy’ in 1972, which was eventually re-written to become’Be Thankful for What You Got.’ DeVaughn paid $900 in an initiative where if his recordings were approved he would receive a recording contract.When approved he was rewarded with working with session musicians that included members of the ‘Philadelphia International Records’ house band ‘MFSB,’ who had, and would go on to play on records by many artists including The Three Degrees, The O’Jays,(see also best songs 648 and Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes (see also best songs 725.)
‘Be Thankful for What You Got’ peaked at Number 4 on Billboard in 1974, selling just short of two million copies, in 1980 DeVaughn re-recorded the song in a more upbeat funkier style, for his second Album ‘Figures Can’t Calculate.
‘Diamond in the back, sunroof top, diggin’ the scene with a gangsta lean.’