Favorite 70's One-Hit Wonders #10 - "Be Thankful for What You Got"
July 1, 2016 8:13am CST
Yesterday, @FourWalls and myself both finished up our Favorite 80's One-Hit Wonders series', so why not keep the momentum going with a Favorite 70's One-Hit Wonders series (be sure to check hers out as well, she comes up with some really good songs.) For #10, let's head to Washington, D.C., birthplace of William DeVaughn. William DeVaughn is a vocalist/guitarist who scored big-time with his 1974 single, "Be Thankful for What You Got." I have a fondness for 70's R&B, and "Be Thankful for What You Got" has been a favorite since I was a kid, when I owned it on a K-Tel compilation back in the day. It oozes soul, and has a positive message: you might NOT drive a Cadillac (sun roof top and a gangsta lean, even,) but you should still be thankful for what you DO have. As I verified my facts on Wikipedia, I learned something I didn't know: the song cost DeVaughn $900 to record. It paid off handsomely: "Be Thankful for What You Got" reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became a Certified Gold Record. Unfortunately, it has been DeVaughn's only foray into the Top 40. Very Curtis Mayfield-esque (I'm not the only one who thinks so. Wikipedia made the comparison to the legend as well,) "Be Thankful for What You Got" is a mellow urban groove that deserves it's designation as an R&B classic. (I'm using the rules from Wayne Jancik's book The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders: An act can only have appeared on the Top 40 of the Hot 100 once. Any sub-charts don't count, and neither do countries other than the States.)
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