B.J. Thomas Dies: Grammy-Winning Hit Songwriter, Singer On ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’ Was 78

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That led to a collaboration on "Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head," written by Bacharach and Hal David and sung by Thomas. Dionne Warwick met Thomas when he visited the Scepter offices in New York and introduced him to songwriter-producer Burt Bacharach.
Thomas kept rolling with such pop/rock hits as "Everybody’s Out of Town," "I Just Can’t Help Believing," "No Love at All" and "Rock and Roll Lullaby."
Other hits by the artist included "I Just Can’t Help Believing," "Don’t Worry Baby," "Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love," and "New Looks From An Old Lover." Thomas was also named one of Billboard’s Top 50 Most-Played Artists Over The Past 50 Years.
Born in rural Hugo, Oklahoma as Billy Joe Thomas, he moved to Houston, Texas with his family and began singing in church as a child.
It won Thomas a Grammy and became the first of two Dove Award wins while also becoming the first gospel record to sell a million copies.
It has since reoccurred in such films as Forrest Gump, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Clerks II, and Spider-Man 2, as well as multiple TV shows. The song was featured in the Paul Newman/Robert Redford film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, earning the Oscar for Best Original Song.
A versatile songwriter, Thomas's career spanned country, pop and gospel, earning him CMA, Dove and Grammy awards. He sold more than 70 million albums worldwide, scored eight No. 1 hits, and had 26 Top 10 singles over his 50 years in the music business.
But he returned as a Born Again Christian in gospel music, signing with Myrrh Records and releasing the album Home Where I Belong in 1976. The success wasn't easy on Thomas, who fell into drug use.
In 1968, he released the million-selling "Hooked on a Feeling" from his album, On My Way. The follow-up single, "Mama," and his first album came that same year.
He signed to Paramount Records and released two albums—1973’s Songs and 1974’s Longhorns & Londonbridges. In 1975, Thomas released the album Reunion on ABC Records, featuring "(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song."
Five-time Grammy award winner and Grammy Hall of Fame inductee B.J. His death was confirmed on his official Facebook page and was attributed to complications from lung cancer. Thomas died today at his home in Arlington, Texas at 78.
It won the Grammy for Best Country Song in 1976 and was nominated for CMA Single of the Year. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Country Songs charts. On his 39th birthday in 1981, he also joined the Grand Ole Opry. His "(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song was No.
Thomas found the time to voice the theme song, "As Long As We’ve Got Each Other" for the TV series Growing Pains, and he also was heard on numerous commercials, including campaigns for Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
He joined the local band the Triumphs, and then in 1966 recorded "I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry" with producer Huey P. Released by Scepter Records, it peaked at No. 8 on the pop charts and became his first million-selling single. Meaux.
His hits included a cover of the Hank Williams song "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," the Grammy winning "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" and the monster hit, "Hooked On A Feeling."

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