'70s hitmaker B.J. Thomas died on May 29th of lung cancer at age 78. Thomas who died in his home in Arlington, Texas, revealed his Stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis to fans back in March, is survived by his three daughters and his wife of 53 years, Gloria.
B.J. Thomas, who was able to move with ease between multiple genres, including pop, country, Christian — with both ballads and uptempo tracks — will forever be known for his hits “Hooked On A Feeling,” “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” “(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” among others.
“Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” the signature song from 1969's Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid movie, earned Thomas a four-week Number One hit, toppling “Someday We'll Be Together” — the Supremes' final single with Diana Ross — from the top spot. The song went on to snag the 1969 Academy Award for Best Original Song. Over the course of his career, B.J. Thomas won five Grammy Awards in Gospel categories.