many areas of popular music B. J. Thomas hasn't impacted. Since the
mid-1960's, when he became one of the most successful artists on the American musical
landscape, he has recorded an incredible string of successes in several genres 15
Top 40 pop hits, 10 Top 40 Country hits, five Grammys, two Dove awards, two platinum and
11 gold records, and chart-toppers on the pop, country, gospel and adult contemporary
charts. Along the way, his has become one of the most recognized and respected voices of
Almost 50 million records after his initial successes, B.J.'s versatility is as much of his approach as his wonderfully expressive voice. "I love
singing all of it," he says with the same enthusiasm he brings to his high-voltage
stage show. "I've always enjoyed singing country. Gospel and old hymns mean a lot to
me, and I still really enjoy doing rock and roll. I really don't think it's that important
what kind of song you sing as long as the attitude that comes through is good."
In fact, B.J. has always chosen to present positive,
uplifting material no matter what genre he's been working in. "As a
singer," he says, "you've got the chance to make people's spirits, and their
lives, a little better."
Fans and concert-goers frequently approach B.J. to
thank him for the impact of songs ranging from his megahit "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" to country
smashes like "New Looks From An Old Lover." He is still
recording records at a time when most of his contemporaries have long since passed from
By 1968, he'd had four gold records "The Eyes Of A New York Woman,"
"Hooked On A Feeling" and "It's Only
Love" being the other three and label-mate
Warwick, who'd been
working with the Burt Bacharach/Hal David songwriting team, recommended him for "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," which was
written for the motion picture "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid."
"I was in the right place at the right time," B.J. says,
"and probably got their best song ever." "Raindrops" was
Bacharach/David's first million-seller; it won an Academy Award and B.J. sang the song on
the 1970 Academy Awards telecast.
B. J. Thomas would go on during the early 1970's to record hits like
"I Just Can't Help Believin'," "No
Love At All" and "Rock And Roll Lullaby," scoring
a dozen gold records. Throughout the period, he sold tens of millions of records and
appeared regularly on TV programs like the Ed Sullivan Show and in top nightclubs and
concert halls. In 1976, he released the first of several gospel albums, "Home
Where I Belong," which went platinum, making him the biggest contemporary
Christian artist of the period. Over the next several years, he received a couple of Dove
B. J. Thomas has had 10 Top 40 hits on the country charts with hits like
"What Ever Happened To Old Fashioned Love" and "New
Looks From An Old Lover." His country music success led him to become,
on his 39th birthday, the 60th member of the Grand Ole Opry.
"Singing has always been something I do," he says. "It's
not who I am. I realized a long time ago that I was a guy who loved his wife and his kids,
so it's not always been real important for me to be number one." And yet he's never
far from that drive that has helped pull him from one bit of success to the next.
"When I do music," he says "I do so with everything I can give it. And I'm
sure I always will."
Hit songs include --
- (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song
- I Just Can't Help Believin'
- New Looks From An Old Lover
- Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Heard
- Rock & Roll Lullaby
- Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love
- Don't Worry Baby
- Everybody Loves a Rain Song
- Most of All
- Everybody's Out of Town
- Two Car Garage
- No Love at All
- Help Me Make IT (To My Rockin' Chair)
- Hooked On A Feeling
- I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
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..60s, ..70s, ..80s, ..90s, ..00s, ..10s
Born: ..in Oklahoma
Aug 7, 1942
Raised: ..in Texas
Based: ..in Texas
..in Dallas area