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William DeVaughn (b 1948, Washington D.C.) is an American R&B singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known for the hit song “Be Thankful for What You Got”.
DeVaughn was a salaried government employee as a drafting technician (according to Casey Kasem, he designed sewers), part-time singer,[1] and member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. He wrote “[ “[ A Cadillac Don`t Come Easy eventually re-written to become”Be Thankful for What You Got “(song)|in 1972, and spent $900 toward its development to Omega Sound [2] The producers at Omega Frank Fioravanti , could have released the record on the companies own label Sound Gems but it was just starting out and instead secured its release on the Roxbury Records record label…>[4]
The record sold nearly two million copies on its release in spring 1974, reaching #1 on the U.S. R&B charts and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, selling a million copies.[5] With a sound and content influenced by Curtis Mayfield, its simple and encouraging lyrics hit home, to the extent that it became featured on gospel radio stations. When his success as a recording artist seemed guaranteed, DeVaughn quit his government job.
DeVaughn released an album, featuring mostly songs of an overtly religious character, and the second single, “Blood Is Thicker Than Water”, made the R&B top ten and the pop top fifty later in 1974; “Give the Little Man a Great Big Hand” had minor success early the next year.[6] Live, DeVaughn preached to and admonished his audience from the stage. He lost interest in the music industry not long after, working in a record store and again as a draftsman.


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  • dominic_john

    Seriously underrated. Listening to Figures Can't Calculate - great album.

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Chimino


    4 Sep 2012 Reply
  • squirrelm

    lipbone redding (chicago blues type) does this # really nice--with both a shorter and longer version. not well known.

    8 Apr 2011 Reply
  • TuNa_DriNk


    20 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Ryantalope

    Be Thankful For What You Got! What a darn hot tune!

    18 Dec 2009 Reply
  • flameevans

    Yo La Tengo do a nice version too.

    3 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Starlight916

    This reminds me of riding in the car with my friend and her family when I was 13 and we were going to the drive-in!!! ;-) Her Dad had a Cadillac with the Limo Arrow on the back. he he

    23 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Justyna666


    3 Oct 2009 Reply
  • emergingsynergy

    Ahhhh be thankful... what a nice song...

    2 Aug 2009 Reply
  • tianimu

    Anyone got a better pic of Mr DeVaughn?

    26 Jan 2009 Reply
  • ilikedirt

    be thankful... is the official theme song of the credit crunch

    29 Dec 2008 Reply
  • loser-alex

    Massive Attack's version has about ten seconds more funk in it. Both are equally awesome :D

    24 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Questrog

    Been searching for the sample from Fo' Clips Eclipse - Be Thankful for ages. Finally found it:))

    29 Nov 2008 Reply
  • iSyd

    hhmmmmmm... any relation to Raheem DeVaughn ?? 6 degrees maybe..

    12 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Zaljerem

    Great remake of "Be Thankful For What You Got" done by Massive Attack ... check it.

    2 Aug 2008 Reply
  • AllyWonderland

    lol, i agree with frandumb but it is a beautiful song regardless of how it is tagged

    29 Jul 2008 Reply
  • frandumb

    Wow. Most mistagged tracks that I've ever seen on! D:

    3 Apr 2008 Reply
  • UncleGropey

    sampled by NWA

    4 Dec 2007 Reply
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