BJ Thomas, the Grammy-winning singer who loved success on the pop, nation and gospel charts with such hits as Raindrops Preserve Fallin’ On My Head and Hooked on a Feeling, has died. He was 78.
Thomas, who introduced in March that he had been identified with lung most cancers, died from problems of the illness on Saturday (Sunday AEST) at his house in Arlington, Texas, his publicist Jeremy Westby mentioned in a press release.
An Oklahoma native who grew up in Houston, Billy Joe Thomas broke by in 1966 with a gospel-styled cowl of Hank Williams’ I’m So Lonesome I Might Cry and went on to promote thousands and thousands of data and have dozens of hits throughout genres. He reached primary with pop, grownup up to date and nation listeners in 1976 with (Hey Gained’t You Play) One other Any person Completed Any person Mistaken Track.
His signature recording was Raindrops Preserve Fallin’ On My Head, a pop hit and an Oscar winner for finest unique tune as a part of the soundtrack to one of many greatest films of 1969, the irreverent Western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child. Thomas wasn’t the primary option to carry out the whimsical ballad composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David; Ray Stevens turned the songwriters down. However his heat, soulful tenor match the tune’s easygoing temper, immortalised on movie in the course of the scene when Butch (Paul Newman) reveals off his new bicycle to Etta Place (Katharine Ross), the girlfriend of the Sundance Child (Robert Redford).
“Raindrops” has since been heard all over the place from The Simpsons to Forrest Gump and was voted into the Grammy Corridor of Fame in 2013. However, at first, not everybody was glad.
“When the movie was launched, I used to be extremely essential — how did the tune match with the movie? There was no rain,” Robert Redford instructed USA Right now in 2019. “On the time, it appeared like a dumb thought. How mistaken I used to be.”
Thomas would later say the phenomenon of “Raindrops” exacerbated an dependancy to tablets and alcohol which dated again to his teenagers, when a document producer in Houston steered he take amphetamines to maintain his vitality up. He was touring and recording consistently and taking dozens of tablets a day.
“I used to be on the backside with my addictions and my issues,” he mentioned in 2020 on The Debby Campbell Goodtime Present. He cited a “religious awakening,” shared together with his spouse, Gloria Richardson, with serving to him to get clear.