Following a battle with stage-four lung cancer, B.J.Thomas, whose musical career endured for over 50 years, died May 29 at his home in Arlington, Texas. He was 78.
Thomas was a chart force beginning in the 1960s. He logged 26 hits, including two No. 1s among five top 10s, on the Billboard Hot 100 from 1966 through 1983 and achieved No. 1 singles across the Hot 100, Hot Country Songs and Adult Contemporary charts. His 1969 classic “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” became his first leader on any Billboard survey, spending four weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and seven frames atop Adult Contemporary.
Born in Hugo, Texas, and raised in Houston, Thomas also topped tallies with: “I Just Can’t Help Believing” (one week, Adult Contemporary, 1970); “Rock and Roll Lullaby” (one week, Adult Contemporary, 1972); “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” (one week each on the Hot 100, Adult Contemporary and Hot Country Songs, 1975); “Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love” (one week, Hot Country Songs, 1983) and “New Looks From an Old Lover” (one week, Hot Country Songs, 1983).