B.J. Thomas,
Courtesy of the Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port Arthur, TX

B.J. Thomas, Courtesy of the Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port Arthur, TX

In addition to being one of the finest singers of the past thirty years, B.J. Thomas is also one of the most enduring, a vocalist who is now in his fifth decade as a performer. His phenomenal career is spiced with all the earmarks of success: an Academy Award, five Grammy Awards, eleven gold and three platinum-selling releases and sales of over seventy million records worldwide as of the end of 1998. Thomas is also one of the very few artists ever to have racked up #1 records in the pop, country, easy listening and gospel charts. Beginning in 1966 and counting a live album and no fewer than a dozen "Greatest Hits" packages, Thomas has now issued 49 albums for seventeen different record imprints, a total sure to increase as all reports indicate that, at 56, "he's singing better than ever."

B.J. Thomas: Career Milestones
• Five Grammy Awards
• Academy Award for "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"
• Two Dove Awards, Two Angel Awards
• Earned eleven Gold and two Platinum sales Certifications
• Sixteen Top-40 Pop Singles
• Five Top-10 Pop Singles
• Eleven Top-40 Country Singles
• Five Top-10 Country Singles
• Only artist to win "Song of the Year" honors in Pop, Gospel and Country Music -- with three different songs
• Sales of over seventy million records worldwide
• Has enjoyed #1 ranking on Pop, Country, Easy Listening and Gospel charts
• Joined Grand Ole Opry in 1982

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Earliest Hits and Great Covers - BJ Thomas

BJ Thomas

In addition to being one of the finest singers of the past thirty years, B.J. Thomas is also one of the most enduring, a vocalist who is now in his fifth decade as a performer. His phenomenal career is spiced with all the earmarks of success: an Academy Award, five Grammy Awards, eleven gold and three platinum-selling releases and sales of over seventy million records worldwide as of the end of 1998.

Thomas is also one of the very few artists ever to have racked up #1 records in the pop, country, easy listening and gospel charts. Beginning in 1966 and counting a live album and no fewer than a dozen "Greatest Hits" packages, Thomas has now issued 49 albums for seventeen different record imprints, a total sure to increase as all reports indicate that, at 56, "he's singing better than ever."
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  2. 2 The Rains Came 02:22
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  3. 3 Didn't It Rain - BJ Thomas 02:01
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Liner Notes - Earliest Hits and Great Covers

As with all the Huey Meaux Crazy Cajun sides acquired, no reliable session credits or recording dates were available, remember that when you read forth and see none of the backing players identified. This writer's guess would peg the recording dates for the material in the pre-1970's, more precisely around 1966-1968. But, bemoaning missing details won't help us, let's move on to the music ' cuz there's some mighty fine stuff awaiting!

We begin our exploration of B. J. Thomas' back pages with "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", one of Hank Williams' best known songs. Oddly, the song was never a major hit for its writer -- and never charted for Williams until 1966, reaching only #43 then, thirteen years after his death. Who's had the biggest U.S. country hit with the song? None other than three-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who tallied a #17 hit on it in 1976, besting Charlie McCoy (#23, 1972) and "The Killer" himself, Jerry Lee Lewis (#43, 1982). On the pop side, B.J. nailed a #8 hit on the song, his first national hit record, back in 1966. Johnny Tillotson, Hank Wilson (aka Leon Russell) and Bradshaw all charted but none even approached the Top-40.  more...




Liner Notes - Texas Singer Deluxe

We begin our exploration of B.J. Thomas' back pages with "Lazy Man", a hard-driving tune that takes us all back to '60s Texas: burping saxes, Jerry Lee-ish piano and B.J.'s young and strong voice. It's vintage uptempo Lone Star state stuff that will have you strutting while he sings about what a "Lazy Man" he is, a sentiment belied by the some 30 years of a very full career which was to follow. "Lazy Man" was cut with his original band, The Triumphs, straight out of Rosenberg, Texas, a Houston suburb. Listening to this boppin' track, you can easily see why The Triumphs and Roy Head's Traits ruled the South Texas rock scene during that period.

"Tomorrow Never Comes" slows down the tempo and is a rather doleful selection distinguished by B.J.'s superior vocal, which builds beautifully throughout the song. The song ends with a grand flourish that fully announced to the world, even this early on, that B.J. Thomas was a flat-out superb singer! "Tomorrow Never Comes" made it into the charts for five weeks in the summer of '66, rising to #80. more...

Voices of Americana - Luckiest Man In The World - BJ Thomas

BJ Thomas

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