June 1, 2021 5:58 PM
BJ Thomas died at age 78 on May 29 and his fellow artists pay tribute to him.
The five-time Grammy winner and Grammy Hall of Fame inductee died at his Arlington, Texas home on Saturday of complications from stage four lung cancer.
Since the start of his career in the 1960s, Thomas’s career has spanned gospel, country and pop, selling over 70 million albums worldwide.
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He is one of Billboard’s 50 Most Performed Artists over the past 50 years with hits like “Hooked On A Feeling”, “I Just Can’t Help Believing” and “Don’t Worry Baby”.
Other iconic songs include his cover of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” by Hank Williams and his Oscar “Raindrops Keep Fallin ‘On My Head”.
“Raindrops Keep Fallin ‘On My Head” was first featured in “Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid” but has since appeared in numerous films including “Spider-Man 2” and “Forrest Gump”.
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However, Thomas “was the proudest of his family”.
He is survived by his wife Gloria of 53 years, their daughters Paige Thomas, Nora Cloud and Erin Moore and four grandchildren Nadia Cloud, Keira Cloud, Ruby Moore and Billy Joe Moore.
In lieu of flowers, in-memoriam donations will be accepted by Mission Arlington, Tarrant Area Food Bank and the Texas SPCA.
Following the announcement of his death, many musical artists paid tribute to him.
“One of the signs of true greatness in any art is instant recognition of the creator. When you heard BJ Thomas sing, there was never any doubt who it was. TEAR. Gone too soon, but I’ll always know that voice, ”KISS star Paul Stanley said.
“My sincere condolences to the family of one of my favorite duo partners, BJ Thomas. I will miss him as I know so many others will too. Rest in peace my friend,” said Dionne Warwick.
“So sad to hear of BJ Thomas passing today. I was in touch with him three weeks ago and he seemed ready to fight his diagnosis. He was a kind and elegant gentleman and I will miss him, as well. that her amazing voice. My love to her family, “said singer Richard Marx.
“While we were working in Las Vegas and BJ was opening for us, we spent almost every night in each other’s room. We both had Texan roots, similar beliefs, and we loved finding each other and playing new songs. The first time we met, we both talked. It was just crazy. We had so much to say to each other that we were talking almost at the same time and it became funny for both of us. We had so much fun together, getting to know each other in such a short time. Every time I saw him, we picked up where we left off. I guess it will be like that in Heaven, ”said Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys.
“The Oak Ridge Boys are devastated by the loss of a friend and brother and one of the greatest voices to ever sing a song !!! As a young man, BJ’s biography and song titled “Home Where I Belong” and his testimony of how Jesus Christ changed his life meant the world to me. A few years ago, I shared this with him late one night over pizza on the Country Music cruise. We cried and prayed together. I loved BJ Thomas. There’s a brand new star in heaven tonight and we’ll miss you, man. Until the promised day, ”added Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys.
“I was a huge fan of BJ and his wonderful voice before I started recording, so I loved getting to know him when we both had hits on United Artist Records early in my career. great songs and professional success, BJ has always been so kind and humble. It’s hard to say goodbye to an old friend. My heart is with Gloria and all of BJ’s family, “said country singer Crystal Gayle.
“I am very sorry to hear of the passing of BJThomas. I hope he had a good life. I remember all the girls loved her, ”said Don McLean, singer of“ American Pie ”.
“I will always remember BJ Thomas as a special man, my friend and a peer whom I have known for decades. BJ had an extremely warm heart and an immense talent to match. – Sam Moore of Sam & Dave fame.
“BJ Thomas not only had a great voice, but he was right about his time in the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with the song ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head ‘which was perfect for his career. I knew him personally. and he was a wonderful human being. He will be sorely missed, ”said Lee Greenwood.
“I can’t believe another great voice has died down. One of the reasons I became a singer was because of BJ Thomas. It was after hearing his recording of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”. I am so grateful that our friendship over the years has grown deep. To say that I will miss him is an understatement. My prayers and deepest condolences go out to Gloria and their family. RIP my dear friend, ”TG Sheppard shared.