All anyone remembers about today’s Morning Groove is the immortal line, “diamond in the back, sunroof top, diggin’ the scene with a gangster lean.” All anyone wants to think about when they hear it is 70s pimp soul, dudes in platform shoes with wide lapel suits, and tilted brim hats. The song isn’t even about that. Song’s about being thankful for what you have, even if you don’t have the finest in cars or material things.
Today’s Morning Groove is “Be Thankful For What You Got” by William DeVaughn. I’ve seen it credited to Curtis Mayfield. Though the sound and content are similar to what Curtis was doing at the time, it’s not him. That line that I quoted above has been used in many a song; Ludacris even had a song “Diamond In The Back” some years ago. It even sampled this song. A fun fact: members of MFSB played on this song, notably guitarist Norman Harris, drummer Earl Young, vibist Vince Montana and bassist Ron Baker. Baker, Harris and Young would also play behind disco act The Trammps a few years later.
DeVaughn never did much after this song, his first release, hit #1 on the R&B chart and #4 on the Pop listing. He had one other top 10 R&B hit (“Blood Is Thicker Than Water”), and two other charting R&B songs and that was it. But it was this one song that put him on the map and made it into history.
Even if it is just “diamond in the back, sunroof top, diggin’ the scene with a gangster lean.” Whoo whoo.
Enjoy today’s Morning Groove, and as always, thanks for reading and listening.