Billy Joe “B.J” Thomas is an American country-pop singer very popular in the late ’60s and ’70s.
Before his solo career, he sang in a church choir as a teenager, then joined the musical group The Triumphs who released a number of independent singles that failed to gain any attention.
In 1966, B.J. Thomas and The Triumphs released a cover of the Hank Williams song “I’m so lonesome I could cry”.
The single became an immediate hit who brought the singer to release a solo album of the same name.
In 1969, B.J scored his biggest hit with Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head,” taken from the hit film Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. The song won the Academy Award for best original song that year.
Other hits of the 1970s were “Everybody’s out of town”, “I just can’t help believing” (covered by Elvis Presley), “No love at all”, “Mighty clouds of joy”, and “Rock and roll lullaby”.
During the 1980s, his success on the pop charts began to wane, but many of his singles reached the upper regions on the country singles chart.
Thomas scored another hit recording “As long as we got each other”, a tune that served as the theme song to the sitcom Growing Pains.
Throughout the ’90s, he continued to tour, recording some country and gospel albums.
In the new millennium, he concentrated primarily on Christmas and Christian recordings, but in 2013 he returned with “The living room sessions”, an album with acoustic arrangements of well known hits.
We saw BJ Thomas in a small vienue in Gatlinburg Tenn. a long time ago. He was very accommodating posing for pictures and signing autographs after the concert.