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B. J. Thomas

B. J. (Billy Joe) Thomas (born August 7, 1942) in Hugo, Oklahoma and grew up around Houston, Texas, is a country singer. After a brief period with The Triumphs, Thomas began a solo career with a hit cover of I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" (Hank Williams) in 1966, but (despite some follow up chart singles) was unable to achieve massive mainstream success until 1969's "Hooked on a Feeling" and "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (Burt Bacharach and Hal David). "Raindrops" became the first #1 hit of the 1970's peaking during January of the new decade.

By the 1970s, Thomas had switched to Paramount Records and released "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song", his second #1 hit. His string of hits continued, peaking in 1984 with "Two Car Garage", "Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love" and "New Looks from an Old Lover". In the 1990s and 2000s, though his name as a star in the mainstream cooled, Thomas has continued to tour and record to a small but loyal fan base, he has also found some new fans in contemporary Christian music.

B.J. Thomas has also authored two books and starred in the movie "Jory".

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