LOS ANGELES — Grammy Hall of Fame BJ Thomas and award-winning country singer behind hits “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head” and “Hooked on a Feeling” has died. Age 78
Representatives confirmed that Thomas died today at his home in Arlington, Texas, on May 29th due to complications from stage four lung cancer. He announced his first diagnosis in March.
“I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to record and perform beautiful songs in pop, country and gospel and share wonderful songs and memories with millions of you around the world,” he said in a statement. Announcement at time.
Born in Hugo, Okla., Thomas grew up in Houston, Texas, where he gained a lot of influence. From the traditional countryside of Hank Williams to the spirit of Jackie. Wilson and Little Richard From the origins of the humble singing in the church Thomas had his first success with a cover of William̵7;s 1966 song “I’m So Lonesome I Can Cry,” which became his first million-selling single.
Throughout his career Thomas won five Grammys and sold 70 million albums worldwide. and has eight #1 hits and 26 top 10 singles. His hits include “(Hey You Won’t Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” “I Just Can’t Help Believing” “Don’. t Worry Baby” and “Hooked on a Feeling”
Thomas’ hit single “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” was written by Bert. Baccarack and Hal David won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards as part of Paul’s classic film. Newman and Robert Redford’s “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid .” Sales soared to over 2 million copies and continued to find a place in favorite movies such as “Forrest Gump” and “Spider-Man.” 2″
shortly after Thomas also fell into substance abuse. He claimed that meeting his wife Gloria was a turning point. At that point he became a born-again Christian. Quit drugs and turned to gospel music to show his faith. His 1976 album “Home Where I Belong” won a Grammy and a Dove.
In addition to the hit songs that he loves Thomas has also sung the soundtrack for the sitcoms “Growing Pains”, “As Long As We’ve Got Each Other” and has voiced commercials for companies such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi. “Jory and Jake’s Corner” and also wrote an autobiography called “Home Where I Belong”.
Thomas survived Gloria, with whom he had been married for 53 years; Their three daughters are Paige Thomas, Nora Cloud and Erin Moore, and their four grandchildren Nadia Cloud, Keira Cloud, Ruby Moore and Billy Joe Moore. Funeral plans are still in the process. but will remain private Memorial donations can be made to Mission Arlington, Tarrant Area Food Bank and SPCA of Texas.