B.J. Thomas (b. August 7, 1942) is a highly acclaimed and veteran pop, country, and soft rock singer with considerable crossover appeal who became famous beginning in the late 1960s. Born Billy Joe Thomas in Hugo, Oklahoma and raised in the Houston, Texas area, he began his career while in his teens singing in a church choir before joining a local group known as The Triumphs. By the late 1960s, Thomas had launched his solo career and made his mark mainly in pop and soft rock before switching to country and gospel music during the mid 1970s and becoming a top performing artist in both genres.
B.J. Thomas made his debut on the Pop/Rock charts in 1966 with his cover of the Hank Williams country classic, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," which made the Top 10 and soon after became his first gold record. This smash was followed later that year by "Mama" and "Billy And Sue," both of which made the Top 40, plus several minor hits through 1967. Thomas' fame began to take off in 1968 with the urbane and evocative "The Eyes Of A New York Woman," which was followed later that year by the psychedelic-tinged pop smash, "Hooked On A Feeling," a Top 5 hit featuring an electric sitar which soon after went gold. By 1969, B.J. Thomas had become a household name with the Bacharach/David-penned "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," an era-defining song from the soundtrack to "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" which became his first #1 hit, topping both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts, and his third gold record.
Thomas' popularity continued into the early 1970s with such top Pop/Rock hits as "Everybody's Out Of Town" (1970), "Most Of All" (1970), "No Love At All" (1971), "Mighty Clouds Of Joy" (1971), "I Just Can't Help Believing" (1970), and "Rock And Roll Lullaby" (1972), the latter two of which also topped the Adult Contemporary chart. He had his greatest hit and crossover success in 1975 with the gold-certified "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song," which became one of very few songs to top three main charts (Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary, and Country) and marked the beginning of Thomas as a country music star. His Country chart hits, which continued through the mid 1980s, also included two 1983 #1 songs, "Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love" and "New Looks From An Old Lover," and years later, he resurfaced on that chart in 2000 with "You Call That A Mountain." By the late 1970s, B.J. Thomas had also branched out into gospel music and had many hits on the Christian charts through the mid 1980s that included the #1 song, "Jesus On My Mind" (1980). His hits on the Pop/Rock and Adult Contemporary charts also continued into the 1980s as well, with such songs as "Everybody Loves A Rain Song" (1978) and his cover of the Beach Boys' "Don't Worry Baby" (1977).
A five-time Grammy winner, B.J. Thomas' many awards and accolades also include two GMA Dove awards (1976, 1981), and his 1969 smash, "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1994. He has continued to tour and record actively to the present day, and his latest releases include the 2013 album, "The Living Room Sessions," featuring acoustic arrangements of many of his best known hits.
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B.J. Thomas And The Triumphs
- Billy And Sue 1966
- I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 1966
("I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" was written by Hank Williams. His version was originally recorded in 1949 but did not officially chart until 1966. B.J. Thomas' version of this song became a pop hit that same year. Over the years, this song also became a hit for numerous other artists on both the Country and Pop/Rock charts.)
- (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song 1975
(This song was a big crossover hit, topping the Adult Contemporary, Country, and Pop/Rock Charts. It also won a Grammy in 1976 for Best Country Song)
- Everybody's Out Of Town 1970
- The Eyes Of A New York Woman 1968
- Hooked On A Feeling 1968
(This song later topped the charts for Blue Swede (1974).)
- I Just Can't Help Believing 1970
- Mama 1966
- Mighty Clouds Of Joy 1971
- Most Of All 1970
- No Love At All 1971
- Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head 1969
(This song, which topped both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts, was part of the soundtrack for the 1960 movie, "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid," starring Robert Redford, Paul Newman, and Katherine Ross.)
- Rock And Roll Lullaby 1972
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