William DeVaughn - Be Thankful For What You Got

William DeVaughn had saved a couple of hundred bucks and wanted to record some songs he had written. So he went over to Philadelphia's Omega Sound Inc. and cut Be Thankful For What You Got plus a couple of other songs with MFSB's rhythm section backing him up.

Those songs were issued by Roxbury Records in 1974 on an album entitled Be Thankful For What You Got which became a million-seller chart topper. I suppose that doesn't happen very often to a singer-songwriter coming from nowhere.

Before leaving music business DeVaughn cut a new version of the tune in 1980. It's pretty much like the original but it's more upbeat and it has a nice kick drum making it perfect for the dancefloor.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, love the uptempo feel! Now I need to find a good quality mp3 of the DJ Day edit...


Milton Van Houten said...

If you're still looking for the DJ Day edit, you'll find a 320 kbps mp3 from his own blog.