B. J. Thomas, a five-time Grammy award winner and Grammy Corridor of Fame inductee, died Might 29 at age 78 at his dwelling in Arlington. Thomas died from issues as a consequence of stage 4 lung most cancers.
An artist who left an indelible mark on America’s musical panorama, Thomas’s expansive profession crossed a number of genres. From nation and pop to gospel music, he obtained CMA, Dove, and Grammy awards and nominations because the Nineteen Sixties. Thomas has bought over 70 million albums worldwide, scoring eight No. 1 hits and 26 Prime 10 singles over his 50+ 12 months profession. He was named one among Billboard’s Prime 50 Most Performed Artists over the Previous 50 Years.
“Raindrops Maintain Fallin’ on my Head”
His iconic hit, “Raindrops Maintain Fallin’ on My Head,” received the Academy Award for greatest unique track in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child.” Others embody his rendition of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Might Cry,” and Grammy-winning “(Hey, Gained’t You Play) One other Someone Achieved Someone Unsuitable Track.” Different memorable Thomas hits embody “I Simply Can’t Assist Believing, “Don’t Fear Child,” “No matter Occurred To Previous Usual Love,” “New Appears to be like From An Previous Lover” and “Hooked on a Feeling.”
Billy Joe Thomas was born in Hugo, OK, however moved to Houston along with his household, and started singing in church as a toddler. In his teenagers he joined a Houston-based band, the Triumphs. His first success got here when he recorded “I’m So Lonesome” in 1966. The Scepter Information launch rose to #8 on the pop charts, and have become his first million-selling single. His 1968 launch of “Hooked on a Feeling” was his second million-selling single. His greatest hit got here in 1970, when Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s Oscar-winning track, “Raindrops Maintain Fallin’ on My Head.”
Like many different profitable artists, Thomas fell into drug abuse. After his spouse Gloria turned a born-again Christian, Thomas additionally turned a believer in 1976. He give up medication and began to precise his religion in gospel music, signing with Myrrh Information. He launched the album Residence The place I Belong in 1976, successful Thomas a Grammy and the primary of two Dove Award wins. He quickly turned one among gospel music’s most profitable artists.
B. J. Thomas Hits
A string of nation music hits adopted within the Nineteen Eighties, together with “No matter Occurred to Previous Usual Love,” “New Appears to be like from an Previous Lover Once more,” “The Entire World’s in Love When You’re Lonely” and “Two Automotive Storage.” “(Hey Gained’t You Play) One other Someone Achieved Someone Unsuitable Track” was No. 1 on each the Billboard Sizzling 100 and the Sizzling Nation Songs charts. It received the Grammy for Finest Nation Track in 1976 and was nominated for CMA Single of the Yr. On his thirty ninth birthday in 1981, Thomas turned the sixtieth member of the Grand Ole Opry.
In 2013, Thomas celebrated his practically six a long time within the music business by releasing The Dwelling Room Classes, that includes duets with different high-profile artists on his greatest liked hits.
His duet companions included Lyle Lovett, Vince Gill, Sara Niemitz, Keb’ Mo, Isaac Slade and Richard Marx.
B. J. Thomas is survived by his spouse of 53 years, Gloria, their three daughters Paige Thomas, Nora Cloud, and Erin Moore, and 4 grandchildren, Nadia Cloud, Keira Cloud, Ruby Moore, and Billy Joe Moore. Funeral preparations are forthcoming and can stay non-public. In lieu of flowers, in-memoriam donations can be accepted by Mission Arlington, Tarrant Space Meals Financial institution, and the SPCA of Texas.