Hand picked records important to the history of Soul Strut.
Ranked #84 in the Soul Strut 200
Soul was a hobby for DC singer William DeVaughn in the early 70s when he decided to roll the dice and bank roll a session with The Sound of Philadelphia. The gamble (and huff) paid off as "Be Thankful For What You Got" became a summer smash in 1974. It later became a West Coast anthem, immortalized in gangsta rap songs by groups like NWA. DeVaughn's laid back Curtis Mayfield-like delivery (especially on the cut "Blood Is Thicker Than Water") confused the radio listening and record buying public, but he was able to withstand the confusion and enjoy a modicum of short-lived success. His debut is 8 slices of summer, laid back and refreshing, an album you can put on the turntable and kick back to.