Produced by John Davis. Album Be Thankful for What You Got. Be Thankful for What You Got Lyrics. It was ultimately a one-hit wonder for DeVaughn, who only recorded one album before losing interest in music and returning to his prior job as a draftsman. The song is often mistakenly attributed to Curtis Mayfield, owing to his vocal similarities with DeVaughn, but Mayfield never recorded the song. The song has been extensively sampled, referenced and covered since its release, particularly the famous lines that coined the term gangsta lean.
Be Thankful for What You Got" is a soul song written and first performed by William DeVaughn.
William DeVaughn - vocals, songwriting. Jerry Cohen - clavinet, piano. Norman Harris -guitar. DeVaughn's second album, originally released as Figures Can't Calculate, also includes the track "Be Thankful for What You Got" (in a different version); this second album was later reissued on CD by Unidisc as Be Thankful for What You Got and by Hot Productions as Be Thankful for What You've Go. William DeVaughn- "Kiss and Make Up" ogs. com Retrieved 6-24-2017. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
Vibraphone – Vincent Montana. Written-By – William DeVaughn (tracks: All except A3). Notes. Recorded & mixed at Sigma Sound Studios, except A2, A4 and B4 : recorded at Veritable Recording.
Watch now William DeVaughn's video clip of album "Be Thankful For What You Got".
Be Thankful for What You Got. by. William DeVaughn. Be Thankful for What You Got. Roxbury 1974. Producer: John Davis. Also covered by Emily Gimble from the Album Even More Songs Of Route 66: From Here To There July 17, 2012.
born William DeVaughn is one of those forever fascinating yet peripheral figures in soul music. With only three albums to his name, his devout alignment with the Jehovah’s Witnesses meant he only recorded sporadically. When DeVaughn returned to recording six years later, he updated Be Thankful for What You Got for the disco era and it was put pride of place on his second album, Figures Can’t Calculate. The swampy, Deep South sound of the original was replaced with taut, choppy guitar and a fluid bassline, but with the same unbreakable tune still at its core. Its oft-quoted chorus – Diamond in the back, sunroof top, digging the scene with the gangster lean – is arguably one of the greatest couplets in R&B.
William DeVaughn's two terrific soul albums, 1974's Be Thankful for What You Got and 1980's Figures Can't Calculate, are combined on this excellent CD from Sequel. 1. Give the Little Man a Great Big Hand.
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- Published By – Sparta Florida Music Group Ltd.
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Chelsea Records Corp.
- Pressed By – Phonodisc Ltd.
- Lacquer Cut At – Phonodisc Ltd.
- Produced For – Omega Sound
- Producer [for Omega Sound] – Frank Fioravanti, John Davis
- Written-By – William DeVaughn
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