B.J. Thomas, whose clean voice made him a rustic and pop crossover success, died Saturday of problems from lung most cancers, his publicist stated. He was 78.
Thomas first got here to prominence with a canopy of the Hank Williams customary “I’m So Lonesome I May Cry,” spending 13 weeks on the Billboard Sizzling 100 in 1966. Two years later, he broke into the High 5 with “Hooked on a Feeling,” a tune written by his childhood good friend, Mark James.
A film soundtrack propelled Thomas to superstardom in 1970. He was chosen to carry out the Burt Bacharach and Hal David quantity “Raindrops Maintain Fallin’ on My Head” for the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child,” punctuating a memorable scene through which Paul Newman and Katharine Ross trip a bicycle collectively. It was Thomas’ first No. 1 hit.
Regardless of continued chart success, Thomas fell right into a spiral of substance abuse, which he ended after changing into a born-again Christian in 1976. That life change additionally prompted a transition into gospel music, and he gained a Dove Award for his album “House The place I Belong.” All 5 of his Grammy wins have been for religious-themed songs.
Thomas had a number of hits on the nation charts within the Nineteen Eighties and can also be remembered for singing the theme from the sitcom “Rising Pains” (with Jennifer Warnes), which debuted in 1985.
“That is devastating information,” tweeted Joe Bonsall of the nation and gospel group The Oak Ridge Boys. “I so cherished and revered this man.”
Thomas introduced in March that he had been identified with stage 4 lung most cancers. The Oklahoma native died at his residence in Arlington, Texas, his publicist stated in an announcement.
He’s survived by his spouse of 53 years, Gloria, and three daughters.