As many of you know, I appreciate and write about songwriters but what you might not know is that I also greatly admire talented singers. We just lost a very good one- B J Thomas. He died of lung cancer which was just diagnosed at the end of March of this year. If you look at his website, it states that he didn't write "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" but he defined it. His official website is just here. I urge you to visit it! Not only was he a great singer but a really nice guy. I loved how he would call so many of his friends, his "brothers". We need more people like B J Thomas in the world, spreading love and music with a positive message.
B J Thomas went through a rough patch at one point in his life but he credited his wife for getting him back on the right track. It is his wife and daughters and family that I am thinking of at this moment, along with his many friends around the world.
Enough of my words, let's hear B J Thomas singing "In The Garden".
"Most of All"
"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
"Rock and Roll Lullaby"
"Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" (From the film, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid")
The lyrics to this song were very helpful for me in 2020. The positive message will be for all time. (Written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach. It is the B J Thomas vocal that stays with you.)
Billy Joe Thomas (BJ) was a big admirer of Elvis. It seems that I remember reading that BJ took over the rest of Elvis Presley's concert tour in 1977 after Elvis died. Writing this post, I tried to research this and can't find that anywhere, perhaps someone could tell me if this is so? I read a great interview where he talked about driving from Texas to Graceland in Memphis in the 1960's and when he got there, he simply told them, "I'm here to see Elvis". (Elvis wasn't there, he was in California at the time filming movies but nevertheless, B J was invited inside for sandwiches made by Minnie Mae, Elvis' grandmother. A different time, the 1960's.)
B J Thomas, rest in peace, my brother.