Singer B.J. Thomas passed away Saturday at the age of 78. He announced back in March that he diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. B.J. was best known for singing the “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” song “Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head.” The tune, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, became his first number one song. He also had a hit with his 1968 cover of Hank Williams’“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” which spent 13 weeks on the Hot 100, as well as “Hooked On A Feeling,” which landed in the Top Five. He also had hits with Hey Won't You Play Another Done Somebody Wrong Song and a cover of the Beach Boy's Don't Worry Baby. He also is known for singing the “Growing Pains” theme song with Jennifer Warnes. He is the winner of five GrammyAwards, all for religious-themed music. He transitioned into gospel music after becoming a born-again Christian in 1976.
I had the opportunity to be on an "oldies" cruise with BJ Thomas about 15 years ago. He was so nice and kind. He was very shy, and humble. He took time to talk with everyone and was truly so grateful that people still enjoyed what he did. He was a good man, and he will be missed. RIP BJ Thomas.