B.J. Thomas was a Grammy-winning pop country singer known for the hits “Hooked on a Feeling” and “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.”
- Died: Saturday, May 29, 2021. (Who else died on May 29?)
- Details of death: Died at the age of 78 from lung cancer.
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B.J. Thomas hit the top ten on the charts 26 times and sold 70 million albums worldwide. Thomas had a winning formula combining country with pop music, including his version of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David (1921–2012) song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song as part of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” His other popular hits included “Hooked on a Feeling,” later made famous by Blue Swede, and “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.” Thomas also performed the theme song titled “As Long As We’ve Got Each Other” for the hit sitcom “Growing Pains.”
B.J. Thomas’s statement when he announced his diagnosis
“I’m so blessed to have had the opportunity to record and perform beautiful songs in pop, country, and gospel music, and to share those wonderful songs and memories around the world with millions of you.”
Tributes to B.J. Thomas
Full Obituary: New York Times