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B.J. Thomas

B.J. Thomas (born Billy Joe Thomas) straddled the line between pop/rock and country, achieving success in both genres in the late '60s and '70s. At the beginning of his career, he leaned more heavily on rock & roll, but by the mid-'70s, he had turned to country music, becoming one of the most successful country-pop stars of the decade.

Thomas began singing while he was a child, performing in church. In his teens, he joined the Houston-based band the Triumphs, who released a number of independent singles that failed to gain any attention. For the group's last single, Thomas and fellow Triumph member Mark Charron wrote "Billy and Sue," which was another flop. After "Billy and Sue," Thomas began a solo career, recording a version of Hank Williams' standard "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" with producer Huey P. Meaux. Released by Scepter Records in early 1966, the single became an immediate hit, catapulting to number eight on the pop charts. Although he had a series of moderate follow-up hits, including a re-release of "Billy and Sue," Thomas failed to reenter the Top Ten until 1968, when "Hooked on a Feeling" became a number-five, gold single. The following year, he scored his biggest hit with Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," taken from the hit film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It was followed by a string of soft rock hits in the next two years, including "Everybody's Out of Town," "I Just Can't Help Believing," "No Love at All," and "Rock and Roll Lullaby," which featured guitarist Duane Eddy and the vocal group the Blossoms.

After "Rock and Roll Lullaby," Scepter Records went out of business and B.J. Thomas headed to Paramount Records. At Paramount, Thomas had no hits, prompting the singer to pursue a new country-pop direction at ABC Records. "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song," his first single for ABC, became his second number-one record on the pop charts, as well as establishing a country career for the vocalist. For the next decade, he continued to have hits on the country charts, with a couple of songs -- most notably "Don't Worry Baby" -- crossing over into the pop charts. During this period, he switched record companies at a rapid pace, but it did nothing to slow the pace of his hits. Thomas hit his country peak in 1983 and 1984, when he had the number-one hits "Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love" and "New Looks From an Old Lover," as well as the Top Ten hits "The Whole World's in Love When You're Lonely" and "Two Car Garage." Throughout the '80s, B.J. Thomas recorded a number of hit gospel records for Myrrh concurrently with his country hits.

At the end of the '80s, the hits began to dry up for Thomas, but he continued to tour, and put out the occasional country and gospel record in the '90s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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my brother in laws niece Felisa took me and my sis rosa to watch butch cassidy & the sundance kid @ the old broadway theater, we sat and watched this move 3 times...lol, i must've been like 5,6 yrs old, lol
When I saw the movie I was singing this song for a week
Great singer with some great songs.
brings back many memeries of times past
B.j sung this song in butch cassedy. N sundance kid early 70's lyle was. Taken the bus. To school?
jhunior.pint o r
Great song and it's from the movie butch Cassidy and the sundance kid
aniciadap
Great songwriter with beautiful singing voice
Since the first time I ever saw B.J. And heard his voice I have loved all his music. And think he has the most fantastic voice ever.I have all his music I have ever known.I have seen him in concert different times.At one time I belonged to his fanclub. I just love him and all his music. he is my all-time favorite!!
I just saw BJ in concert last week, his voice is still great after all these years!
the sweetest male voice i have ever heard
I hav always enjoy BJ Thomas songs.
BJ did a free concert for our town's fourth of July celebration in 1986. He sang for a solid 2hrs, His voice was crystal clear the entire time. I will never forget that night. The crowd gave him at least a 20min. ovation. After the show, BJ hung around for probably a half hour and visit with us. What a fine man.
Still love this man and his music!
I saw BJ Thomas in concert last month; he can still sing beautifully!
Rock and Roll lullaby was my first experience with BJ and he stole my heart from then on .... and still does....love his music.....
His Voice Is Captivating, Nice:)
Sweet:) I Simply Love This Beautiful Song:)
I lost my favorite BJ Thomas tape so I love hearing all of my favorite songs here on Pandora!!
jack219
I love his music. Just makes me happy to listen to.
My grandmother loved this song. This one is for you, Gram!
If you grew up in the US during the 1970's, B.J. Thomas was frequently played on the radio and for me.. it just feels good to hear his voice. I'm a Heavy Metal drummer..... and I love B.J. Thomas.... great stuff!
georgeoliver h o s s
This song is one of the greatest of all time. I remember watching the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with this song in it. Fantastic experience!
You don't see a tie on a turtleneck every day.
this is one of my favorite song, when i kew my new lone..
cadou812
This was my favorite song as a kid. We had a marble coffee table back in the early 70's. Eventually we changed the furniture and stored the coffee table. The marble was so heavy, my dad leaned the slab against the garage wall all the way in the back and ditched the frame and leg part. 30 years later we cleaned out the garage and discovered the marble top all the way in the back with all the lyrics to Raindrops keep falling on my head I scrolled on the bottom at about age 10. Memories.
mikenelson11 7
My dad toured with BJ as his drummer in the 60's
MJ Nelson
I was told by someone a decade ago that BJ had died. It was like loosing and old friend. This has really up lifted me reading these coments, and realising that he is still living. Keep on doing like no one else can BJ.
I just love his voice!!
June from Georgia ............ . . . . . . . . . . H e has a wonderful refreshing voice that you never get tired of hearing. Love his variety of songs. Great arts over the years. 5 star rating.
jap_kor_1
Every time I hear any of his songs it reminds me of my childhood years growing up in Hawaii and my late father God rest his soul...
rufsman
He was at Proctors Theater in Schenectady, NY last week & was fantastic... t h e best of 4 great acts. His voice is still amazing. His rendition of the Temptations Just My Imagination was the highlight of the night.
deborahd11
Always loved to hear a song from BJ THOMAS with his one of a kind voice! Definitely a singer that made my generation as well as the next generation recognize his songs as part of their growing up music! :)
cprmartin
Love BJ's voice! Best song Eyes of a New York Woman
mandeedees
Love everything about this man!! His voice, his eyes, his hair, his wife, his kids, his wacko sense of humor! Nothing gets me out of a depression quicker then BJ Thomas's pipes!
takeitorleav e i t 9 2 0 6 5
B.J. THOMAS IS GREAT SING I REALLY LOVE HIS MUISC
sjennings86
Just saw him in concert this week and he is amazing! Voice as strong as ever and nice stage presence!!
One of a kind. His voice just kills me.
debra8593
I love BJ's music. Plan to see him in concert one of these days. Just read he is currently on tour, but no California dates per Pollstar.com
Where is the rest of his music? It's mentioned in the bio but not in the discography.
This time the girl is gonna stay
One of the best!
seems so unfit for Butch Cassidy and Sunance Kid, but I cannot hear this without thiking about that movie and signing this in choir in middle school
70ssoulchild
I love his songs and his deep, velvety voice. Raindrops is a classic that endures to this day. Its great that he could have cross-over success in Pop and Country...ve r y rare today thanks to the compartmenta l i z a t i o n of music into genres, in my opinion.
Robert Sapien: Our Jr High choir teacher had us sing this song as well! It was about 1976 or 1977.... I loved it.
priya105
:)
his song that i like most is i just cant help believing, I do,
marinemom406
I'd like to find the album Love Shines by him done back in 1982 or 1983
rafter3r
This was a time in my life when I was crazy about a young girl in high school
still is a tender spot in my heart.
robersap
Tfhis song came out in the mid 70"s my music teacher a bit of a hippy then got us to shing this and and feeling groovey, Dragging a line, good stuff. I cant remember the song on the radio last week but 40 years later I still know this song and the other she tought us. Music Rules Music teacher are Priceless.
rosarioal5
My niece of 4 years is singing "Rain Drops" because listens to it at ballet class. A BIG Thank You to the dance teachers that bring this music to a stage and the small kids that seem to love it!

-Rose
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