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‘Hooked On A Feeling’ Singer BJ Thomas Dies At 78


BJ
Thomas,
the
Grammy-winning
singer
who
loved
success
on
the
pop,
nation
and
gospel
charts
with
such
hits
as
‘I
Simply
Cannot
Assist
Believing,’
‘Raindrops
Hold
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
issues
of
the
illness
Saturday
at
his
residence
in
Arlington,
Texas,
his
publicist
Jeremy
Westby
mentioned
in
a
assertion.

B.J. Thomas

A
Hugo,
Oklahoma-native
who
grew
up
in
Houston,
Billy
Joe
Thomas
broke
by
in
1966
with
a
gospel-styled
cowl
of
Hank
Williams’
‘I am
So
Lonesome
I
May
Cry’
and
went
on
to
promote
hundreds of thousands
of
information
and
have
dozens
of
hits
throughout
genres.
He
reached
No.
1
with
pop,
grownup
modern
and
nation
listeners
in
1976
with
‘(Hey
Will not
You
Play)
One other
Any individual
Executed
Any individual
Unsuitable
Track.’
The
similar
12 months,
his
‘House
The place
I
Belong’
grew to become
one
of
the
first
gospel
albums
to
be
licensed
platinum
for
promoting
extra
than
1
million
copies.

Dionne
Warwick,
who
duetted
with
Thomas,
despatched
out
a
tweet
Saturday
with
her
condolences.
“My
honest
condolences
to
the
household
of
one
of
my
favourite
duet
companions,
BJ
Thomas.
I
will
miss
him
as
I
know
so
many
others
will
as
properly.
Relaxation
In
Peace
my
pal,”
she
mentioned.

Thomas’
signature
recording
was
‘Raindrops
Hold
Fallin’
On
My
Head,’
a
No.
1
pop
hit
and
an
Oscar
winner
for
finest
unique
tune
as
half
of
the
soundtrack
to
one
of
the
largest
films
of
1969,
the
irreverent
Western
‘Butch
Cassidy
and
the
Sundance
Child.’
Thomas
wasn’t
the
first
alternative
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,
immortalized
on
movie
throughout
the
scene
when
Butch
(Paul
Newman)
exhibits
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.

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Waititi
‘Reprimanded’
By
Marvel
Over
Viral
Pics
With
Rita
Ora
&
Tessa
Thompson

However,
at
first,
not
everybody
was
happy.
Thomas
was
recovering
from
laryngitis
whereas
recording
the
soundtrack
model
and
his
vocals
are
raspier
than
for
the
monitor
launched
on
its
personal.
Redford,
in the meantime,
doubted
the
tune
even
belonged
in
‘Butch
Cassidy.’
“When
the
movie
was
launched,
I
was
extremely
crucial

how
did
the
tune
match
with
the
movie?
There
was
no
rain,”
Redford
informed
USA
At present
in
2019.
“At
the
time,
it
appeared
like
a
dumb
thought.
How
unsuitable
I
was.”
Thomas
would
later
say
the
phenomenon
of
‘Raindrops’
exacerbated
an
habit
to
tablets
and
alcohol
which
dated
again
to
his
teenagers,
when
a
report
producer
in
Houston
urged
he
take
amphetamines
to
preserve
his
vitality
up.
He
was
touring
and
recording
continually
and
taking
dozens
of
tablets
a
day.

By
1976,
whereas
?(Hey
Will not
You
Play)
One other
Any individual
Executed
Any individual
Unsuitable
Track’
was
hitting
No.
1,
he
felt
like
he
was
“quantity
1,000.”
“I
was
at
the
backside
with
my
addictions
and
my
issues,”
he
mentioned
in
2020
on

The
Debby
Campbell
Goodtime
Present
.
He
cited
a
“religious
awakening,”
shared
with
his
spouse,
Gloria
Richardson,
with
serving to
him
to
get
clear.
Thomas
had
few
pop
hits
after
the
mid-1970s,
however
he
continued
to
rating
on
the
nation
charts
with
such
No.
1
songs
as
‘No matter
Occurred
to
Previous-Customary
Love’
and
‘New
Seems
from
an
Previous
Lover.’

In
the
late
1970s
and
early
’80s,
he
was
additionally
a
prime
gospel
and
inspirational
singer,
profitable
two
Dove
awards
and
5
Grammys,
together with
a
Grammy
in
1979
for
finest
gospel
efficiency
for
‘The
Lord’s
Prayer.’
Followers
of
the
1980s
sitcom

Rising
Pains

heard
him
as
the
singer
of
the
present’s
theme
tune.
He
additionally
acted
in
a
handful
of
films,
together with

Jory

and

Jake’s
Nook

and
toured
typically.
Latest
recordings
included
‘Dwelling
Room
Music,’
that includes
cameos
from
Lyle
Lovett,
Vince
Gill
and
Richard
Marx.

He
had
deliberate
to
report
in
2020
in
Muscle
Shoals,
Alabama,
however
the
periods
have been
delayed
as a result of
of
the
pandemic.
Thomas
married
Richardson
in
1968,
and
had
three
daughters:
Paige,
Nora
and
Erin.
He
and
his
spouse
labored
on
the
1982
memoir
‘In
Tune:
Discovering
How
Good
Life
Can
Be.’
His
e-book
‘House
The place
I
Belong’
got here
out
in
1978
and
was
co-authored
by
Jerry
B.
Jenkins,
later
well-known
for
the
million-selling
‘Left
Behind’
spiritual
novels
written
with
Tim
LaHaye.
Apart from
music,
Thomas
beloved
baseball
as
a
child
and
began
calling
himself
B.J.
as a result of
so
many
Little
League
teammates
additionally
have been
named
Billy
Joe.
By
his
teenagers,
he
was
singing
in
church
and
had
joined
a
native
rock
band,
the
Triumphs,
whom
he
would
keep
with
into
his
20s.

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of
Rock
Actor
Kevin
Clark
Passes
Away
In
A
Bike
Accident;
Jack
Black
Pays
Tribute

He
loved
Ernest
Tubbs,
Hank
Williams
and
different
nation
performers
his
dad and mom
appreciated,
however
on
his
personal
he
was
impressed
by
the
soul
and
rhythm
and
blues
singers
he
heard
on
the
radio
or
noticed
on
stage,
notably
Jackie
Wilson,
whose
hit
ballad
‘To
Be
Liked’ Thomas
later
coated
and
adopted
as
a
type
of
information
to
his
life.
“I
was
raised
in
a
pretty
dysfunctional
state of affairs
and
I
went
by
years
of
intense
alcoholism
and
drug
habit
so
the
tune
was
at all times
a
touchstone
for
me.
When
you
open
your self
up
to
medicine
and
alcohol
at
such
a
younger
age
it
turns into
one thing
you
have
to
deal
with
the
relaxation
of
your
life,”
he
informed
the
Huffington
Publish
in
2014.
“What
a
street
block
and
heartbreak
and
occasions
of
failure
these
addictions
have
precipitated
me.
However
I
had
that
little
piece
of
lightning
from
that
tune.
That is
the
essence
of
the
entire
factor.
To
love
and
be
beloved.
And
that
takes
a
lifetime
to
accomplish.
It is
at all times
been
an
vital
half
of
my
feelings.”

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