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B. J. Thomas
Birth name Billy Joe Thomas
Born August 7, 1942 (1942-08-07) (age 67)
Origin Hugo, Oklahoma, United States
Genres Country, Pop
Years active 1966 - present

Billy Joe "B. J." Thomas (born on August 7, 1942 in Hugo, Oklahoma, United States) is an American popular singer known for his chart-topping hits in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Career

Thomas was reared in and around Houston, Texas, graduating from Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg. Before his solo career, Thomas sang in a church choir as a teenager then joined the musical group The Triumphs.[1] During his senior year he made friends with Roy Head of Roy Head and The Traits. The Traits and the Triumphs held several Battle of the Bands events in the early 1960s featuring Head and Thomas.

In 1966, B. J. Thomas and The Triumphs released the album, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Pacemaker Records). The album featured a hit cover of the Hank Williams song, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." In the same year, Thomas released a solo album of the same name (Scepter Records).

Thomas achieved mainstream success again in 1968, with the single "Hooked on a Feeling," which featured the sound of an electric sitar, first released on the album On My Way (Scepter Records). The 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, featured Thomas performing the (Burt Bacharach - Hal David) song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," which became the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1970. The song was also released on an album of the same name. Other hits of the seventies were "I Just Can't Help Believing" (Billboard #9 in 1970, covered by Elvis Presley), "Rock and Roll Lullaby," "No Love," "Everybody's Out of Town" and "Mighty Clouds of Joy." In 1975, Thomas released the album Reunion (ABC Records), which contained what would become his second number one hit single, " (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song." On ABC, he also charted with "Songs" and "Don’t Worry Baby" (the Beach Boys classic).

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 charts, including two 1983 chart toppers, "Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love" and "New Looks from an Old Lover" (see 1984 in music), as well as "Two Car Garage", which reached #3 on the country singles chart. Thomas scored another hit, recording "As Long As We Got Each Other," the theme to Growing Pains with Jennifer Warnes. A later version, used for the show's fourth season, was recorded with the British singer Dusty Springfield. Thomas first released this track on his 1985 album Throwing Rocks at the Moon (Columbia Records).

Thomas has also authored two books including Home Where I Belong and starred in the movie Jory. Several commercial jingles, to include Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Bell phone systems, featured his voice and music.

Discography

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Albums

Year Album Chart Positions Label
US US Country
1966 I'm So Lonely I Could Cry Scepter
Tomorrow Never Comes
1968 On My Way 133
1969 Young and in Love
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head 12
1970 Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 90
Everybody's Out of Town 72
Most of All 67
1971 Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 92
1972 B. J. Thomas Country
Billy Joe Thomas 145
Rock'n'Roll Lullaby
1973 Songs Paramount
1974 Longhorn & London Bridges
1975 Reunion 59 2 ABC
Help Me Make It (To My Rockin' Chair) 26
1977 B. J. Thomas 114 39 MCA
Home Where I Belong Myrrh
1979 Happy Man
You Gave Me Love (When Nobody Gave Me a Prayer) Word
1980 The Best Of B.J. Thomas Myrrh
In Concert MCA
1981 Amazing Grace Word
Some Love Songs Never Die MCA
1982 Peace in the Valley Word
1983 Love Shines Epic
New Looks 193 13 Columbia
The Great American Dream 27
1984 Shining 40
1985 Throwin' Rocks at the Moon
You Gave Me Love Myrrh
1986 Night Life Columbia
All Is Calm, All Is Bright
1987 Hey Won't You Play Another
Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song
MCA
1989 Midnight Minute Reprise
1991 As We Knew Him MCA
Jesus Hearted People
1992 Rock Against the Wall Reprise
Rock & Roll Lullaby Trace
1994 Still Standing Here Laurie
1995 Precious Memories Warner Bros.
Scenes of Christmas Cross Three
1996 B. J. Thomas Sings Hank Williams and Other Favorites Buckboard
1997 I Believe Warner Bros.
Christmas Is Coming Home Warner Resound
1998 Sounds of Christmas Kardina
2000 You Call That a Mountain
2005 That Christmas Feeling Madacy
2006 We Praise: Glorify Thy Name Braun Media
We Praise: Just as I Am
2007 Home for Christmas Lifestyles

Singles

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US AC US US Country CAN Country
1966 "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" 8 I'm So Lonely I Could Cry
"Mama" 22
"Billy and Sue" 34 Single only
"Bring Back the Time" 75 I'm So Lonely I Could Cry
"Tomorrow Never Comes" 80 Singles only
"Plain Jane - 129
1967 "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)" 94
1968 "The Eyes of a New York Woman" 28 On My Way
"Hooked on a Feeling" 5
1969 "It's Only Love" 37 45 Young and in Love
"Pass the Apple Eve" 97
"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" 1 1 Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
1970 "Everybody's Out of Town" 3 26 Everybody's Out of Town
"I Just Can't Help Believing" 1 9
"Most of All" 2 38 Most of All
1971 "No Love at All" 4 16
"Mighty Clouds of Joy" 8 34 Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
"Long Ago Tomorrow" 13 61
1972 "Rock and Roll Lullaby" 1 15 Billy Joe Thomas
"That's What Friends Are For" 38 74
"Happier Than the Morning Sun" 31 100
1973 "Songs" 41 - - -
1975 " (Hey Won't You Play) Another
Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song
"
1 1 1 2 Reunion
"Help Me Make It (To My Rockin' Chair)" 5 64 37 Help Me Make It (To My Rockin' Chair)
1977 "Home Where I Belong" 98 Home Where I Belong
"Don't Worry Baby" 2 17 B. J. Thomas
"Still the Lovin' Is Fun" 8 77
1978 "Everybody Loves a Rain Song" 2 43 25 34 Singles only
1979 "We Could Have Been the Closest of Friends" 86
"God Bless the Children" 38 - - -
1980 "Walkin' On a Cloud" 30 - - -
1981 "Some Love Songs Never Die" 34 27 Some Love Songs Never Die
"I Recall a Gypsy Woman" 22 47
1982 "But Love Me" 27 Single only
1983 "Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love" 13 93 1 1 New Looks
"New Looks from an Old Lover" 1 6
"Two Car Garage" 44 3 1 The Great American Dream
1984 "The Whole World's in Love When You're Lonely" 10 15 Shining
"The Girl Most Likely To" 17 5
1985 "The Part of Me That Needs You Most" 61 57 Throwin' Rocks at the Moon
1986 "America Is" 62
"Night Life" 59 Night Life
1988 "As Long As We Got Each Other" 7 - - - with Dusty Springfield & Steve Dorff
1989 "Don't Leave Me Love (Out There All Alone)" 39 - - -
2000 "You Call That a Mountain" 66 You Call That a Mountain

Guest singles

Year Artist Single Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1984 "Rock and Roll Shoes" Ray Charles 14 15 Friendship

References

  1. ^ Wirt, John (2007-02-09). "The music never gets old for Thomas". The Advocate (Online): pp. 2. http://www.2theadvocate.com/entertainment/music/5691606.html. Retrieved 2007-02-20.  

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