B.J. Thomas, who sang ‘Snared on a Feeling,’ ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,’ kicks the bucket at 78
B.J. Thomas, the Grammy-winning artist who delighted in progress on the pop, country and gospel diagrams with so much hits as “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and “Snared on a Feeling,” has passed on. He was 78.
Thomas, who declared in March that he had been determined to have cellular breakdown in the lungs, passed on from entanglements of the infection Saturday at his home in Arlington, Texas, his marketing expert Jeremy Westby said in an explanation.
A Hugo, Oklahoma-local who experienced childhood in Houston, Billy Joe Thomas got through in 1966 with a gospel-styled front of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and proceeded to sell a large number of records and have many hits across kinds. He arrived at No. 1 with pop, grown-up contemporary and country audience members in 1976 with “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.” that very year, his “Home Where I Belong” got one of the primary gospel collections to be affirmed platinum for selling more than 1 million duplicates.
‘How off-base I was’: Robert Redford thought ‘Raindrops’ in ‘Butch Cassidy’ was ‘an idiotic thought’
His unique chronicle was “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” a No. 1 pop hit and an Oscar victor for best unique tune as a component of the soundtrack to probably the greatest film of 1969, the disrespectful Western “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Thomas wasn’t the best option to play out the capricious number created by Burt Bacharach and Hal David; Ray Stevens turned the lyricists down. Be that as it may, his warm, profound tenor fit the tune’s agreeable state of mind, deified on film during the scene when Butch (Paul Newman) flaunts his new bike to Etta Place (Katharine Ross), the sweetheart of the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford).
“Raindrops” has since been heard wherever from “The Simpsons” to “Forrest Gump” and was casted a ballot into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013. However, from the start, not every person was fulfilled. Thomas was recuperating from laryngitis while recording the soundtrack adaptation and his vocals are raspier than for the track delivered all alone. Redford, in the mean time, questioned the tune even had a place in “Butch Cassidy.”
“When the film was delivered, I was profoundly basic – how did the tune fit with the film? There was no downpour,” Redford revealed to USA TODAY in 2019. “At that point, it appeared to be an imbecilic thought. How off-base I was.”
Thomas would later say the wonder of “Raindrops” exacerbated a dependence on pills and liquor which dated back to his adolescents, when a record maker in Houston proposed he take amphetamines to keep his energy up. He was visiting and recording continually and taking many pills daily. By 1976, while “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” was hitting No. 1, he felt like he was “number 1,000.”
“I was at the base with my addictions and my issues,” he said in 2020 on “The Debby Campbell Goodtime Show.” He refered to a “profound arousing,” imparted to his better half, Gloria Richardson, with assisting him with getting perfect.
Thomas had not many pop hits after the mid-1970s, however he kept on scoring on the nation diagrams with such No. 1 melodies as “Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Love” and “New Looks from an Old Lover.” In the last part of the 1970s and mid ’80s, he was likewise a top gospel and helpful artist, winning two Dove grants and five Grammys, remembering a Grammy for 1979 for best gospel execution for “The Lord’s Prayer.”
Fanatics of the 1980s sitcom “Developing Pains” heard him as the vocalist of the show’s signature tune. He likewise acted in a small bunch of films, including “Jory” and “Jake’s Corner” and visited frequently. Ongoing accounts included “Lounge Music,” highlighting appearances from Lyle Lovett, Vince Gill and Richard Marx. He had wanted to record in 2020 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, however the meetings were deferred due to the pandemic.
Thomas wedded Richardson in 1968, and had three girls: Paige, Nora and Erin. He and his significant other dealt with the 1982 diary “In Tune: Finding How Good Life Can Be.” His book “Home Where I Belong” turned out in 1978 and was co-composed by Jerry B. Jenkins, later celebrated for the million-selling “Abandoned” strict books composed with Tim LaHaye.