b. William Edward DeVaughn, 1948, Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.A.
William DeVaughn was born in Washington and, in his early days, was a part-time entertainer, and was a former government draftsman and Jehovah's Witness's.
Signing to the Roxbury label, William scored a huge hit with his Soul evergreen song 'Be Thankful For What You Got' (which became a number 1 R&B/number 4 pop hit) during 1974.
be thankful for what you got - 1974 / figures can't calculate - 1980
He, originally, wrote the song two years earlier in Sigma Sound Studio's in Philadelphia.
Another track from the parent, same titled album, 'Blood Is Thicker Is Water' reached the Top 10 R&B chart (number 43 pop) the same year.
A further single, 'Give The Little Man A Great Big Hand', was very popular on the U.K. dance floors and Soul radio stations.
William then returned to working in a record store and as a draftsman for a second time.
Six years later, in 1980, he released 'Figures Can't Calculate' for the TEC Records imprint, which contained an updated version of 'Be Thankful For What You've Got' (number 37 R&B), along with a cover of Sam Cooke's evergreen 'You Send Me', and the hugely popular 'I've Never Found Me A Girl, Who Loves Me Like You Do'.
creme de creme - 1982 / time will stand still - 2008
In 1982, William released the twelve, 'Creme De Creme', which was released in the U.K. on the Calibre label.
In 2004, he released a new single, entitled 'I Came Back', on his own Mighty Two Diamond Records imprint.
In 2008, he then released the album 'Time Will Stand Still' for the same label.
William currently resides in California.
Be Thankful For What You Got (Roxbury Records 1974)
Figures Can't Calculate (TEC Records 1980)
Time Will Stand Still (Mighty Two Diamonds 2008)