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William De Vaughn was born in 1948 in Washington D.C.. American R&B singer, songwriter and guitarist is best known for the hit song "Be Thankful for What You Got". De Vaughn wrote "Be Thankful for What You Got" in 1972, and spent around $900 for its development. The producers at Omega wrote a smooth arrangement, eventually booking time to record at Sigma Sound Studio in Philadelphia.
The session featured members of the MFSB group — guitarist Norman Harris, drummer Earl Young, bassist Ron Baker, and vibist Vince Montana — secured by Allan Felder, who also developed the separate adlib back-up chorus with his sister's vocal choir. Frank Fioravanti, a coproducer, secured the song's release release on the Roxbury Records record label.
The record sold nearly two million copies on its release in spring 1974, reaching number one on the U.S. R&B charts and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, selling a million copies. 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.
De Vaughn's epic song “Be Thankful” has been sampled, quoted and covered quite many times yet none of the versions measure up to the original. Still you might enjoy the Massive Attack version of it.