'Hooked on a Feeling’ singer B.J. Thomas dies at 78

도마, who announced in March that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer, died from complications of the disease Saturday at his home in Arlington, 텍사스, his publicist Jeremy Westby said in a statement.

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 Cryand 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, 그의 “Home Where I Belongbecame one of the first gospel albums to be certified platinum for selling more than 1 million copies.

His signature recording wasRaindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” a No. 1 pop hit and an Oscar winner for best original song as part of the soundtrack to one of the biggest movies of 1969, the irreverent WesternButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.Thomas wasn’t the first choice to perform the whimsical ballad composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David; Ray Stevens turned the songwriters down. But his warm, soulful tenor fit the song’s easygoing mood, immortalized on film during the scene when Butch (Paul Newman) shows off his new bicycle to Etta Place (Katharine Ross), the girlfriend of the Sundance Kid (로버트 레드포드).

HOLLYWOOD, 그 - 할 수있다 14:  Recording Artist B. J. Thomas performs onstage during the SeriousFun Children's Network 2015 Los Angeles Gala: An Evening Of SeriousFun celebrating the legacy of Paul Newman on May 14, 2015 in Hollywood, 캘리포니아.  (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for SeriousFun Children's Network)

HOLLYWOOD, 그 – 할 수있다 14: Recording Artist B. J. Thomas performs onstage during the SeriousFun Children’s Network 2015 Los Angeles Gala: An Evening Of SeriousFun celebrating the legacy of Paul Newman on May 14, 2015 in Hollywood, 캘리포니아. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for SeriousFun Children’s Network)

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