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B. J. Thomas: Success in the 70’s

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B. J. Thomas is a country music singer. He was born in Hugo, OK on August 7th, 1942 but he grew up in Houston, TX. His real name is Billy Joe Thomas, but he became known as B. J. Thomas because his baseball coach called him like that. His father (Vernon Thomas) was a country music fan and B.J. liked it too. Early he started to play with a local band called “The Triumphs” and they released their first album entitled “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”.

B.J. reached his success after he started his solo career in 1968 and 1969 when he released his first hit singles named “Hooked on a Feeling” and “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”. By 1970 B.J. signed to Paramount Records and launched the disc called “Hey Won’t You Play” that contains his second pop single hit entitled “Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song”.

He continued releasing several hit singles that reached highest positions in different charts in 1984. Some of those hit songs are “Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love”, "Two Car Garage” and “New Looks from an Old Lover”. After his success he continued touring among the 90’s; however, his fans were less now. During the 90’s also he discovered that he could find new fans playing contemporary Christian music.

B.J. was very successful with his music during the 70’s and he also featured a movie named “Jory” and wrote two books.

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