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Sat May 29, 2021, 07:50 PM

Singer B.J. Thomas dies of lung cancer

Source: WBAY, ABC affiliate in Green Bay

(AP) - B.J. Thomas, the Grammy-winning singer who enjoyed success on the pop, country and gospel charts with such hits as “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and “Hooked on a Feeling,” has died. He was 78.

Thomas, who announced in March that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer, died from complications of the disease Saturday at his home in Arlington, Texas, a statement released by his representatives said.

A Hugo, Oklahoma-native who grew up in Houston, Billy Joe Thomas broke through in 1966 with a gospel-styled cover of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and went on to sell millions of records and have dozens of hits across genres. He reached No. 1 with pop, adult contemporary and country listeners in 1976 with ?Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.” The same year, his “Home Where I Belong” became one of the first gospel albums to be certified platinum for selling more than 1 million copies.

Read more: https://www.wbay.com/2021/05/29/singer-bj-thomas-dies-of-lung-cancer/



Another loss today...

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Reply Singer B.J. Thomas dies of lung cancer (Original post)
Archae May 2021 OP
Delphinus May 2021 #1
Diamond_Dog May 2021 #2
Bayard May 2021 #7
BumRushDaShow May 2021 #3
rickyhall May 2021 #4
BeyondGeography May 2021 #6
shrike3 May 2021 #15
MustLoveBeagles May 2021 #5
musette_sf May 2021 #8
area51 May 2021 #9
marble falls May 2021 #10
Liberal In Texas May 2021 #11
twodogsbarking May 2021 #12
FakeNoose May 2021 #13
Zen Democrat May 2021 #14

Response to Archae (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 08:01 PM

1. ...

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 08:03 PM

2. Aww!



I love “Hooked on a Feeling”.

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Response to Diamond_Dog (Reply #2)

Sat May 29, 2021, 08:38 PM

7. I had the 45 record when I was a kid......

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 08:09 PM

3. Oh damn



So many classic Top 40 songs.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 08:16 PM

4. Always remember the bicycle song, Paul Newman & Katharine Ross.

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Response to rickyhall (Reply #4)

Sat May 29, 2021, 08:32 PM

6. +1

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Response to rickyhall (Reply #4)

Sun May 30, 2021, 11:44 PM

15. I'd forgotten all about that.


Thanks for the memory.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 08:27 PM

5. RIP

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 08:59 PM

8. Didn't know he was from Hugo

I spent some time there back in the early 80s.

I saw him perform live in 1968, on a NYC area local teen show on WPIX called "Electric Village". He sang (well, lip-synced to) "Eyes Of A New York Woman". The guest hosts that week were Mark Lindsay and Paul Revere. I got to sit next to them for the taping!

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 09:35 PM

9. Damn.


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Response to Archae (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 09:54 PM

10. He smoked a doobie on stage and gave a little pro pot speech at the Civic Theater in Akron ...

... in '66 or '67 and only got off-stage and out of town a step ahead of the cops.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 10:39 PM

11. Saw him perform in a very small basement club in Omaha back in the 70s.

It was incredible especially in such an intimate setting.

RIP BJ


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Sun May 30, 2021, 08:16 AM

12. While more than 50 years old

a movie worth watching is "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
A lot of great lines. RIP to BJ and thanks for the tunes.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 10:19 AM

13. Loved his songs back in the day



Rest in Peace B.J. Thomas, and thanks for all the great songs!

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 07:04 PM

14. I remember seeing BJ Thomas and the Triumphs at Taylor Hall in Pasadena, TX and Teen Hall in Houston


Summer, Fall, Winter 1965 - 66. Before the hits. Great memories.

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