B.J. Thomas has had an amazing career, with a decades-long string of hits, including eight #1 and 26 Top 10 hits in pop, country and gospel. He’s a five-time time Grammy winner, a Grammy Hall of Fame inductee, and he won an Oscar as well for “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
But aside from his stellar career, B.J. Thomas is a man I came to like very much over the time we talked, and I think you will too. Among the topics we talked about are:
- Why he wanted to be an R&B singer.
- How he came to record “Raindrops…”
- The two versions of “Raindrops” he recorded — including the “laryngitis version.”
- How performing “Raindrops” on The Ed Sullivan Show was a “wet and wild” experience.
- How drug and alcohol problems led him to a career in gospel music.
- Why he left gospel and enjoyed country success in the early ’80s.
- How he overcame his upbringing to appreciate and respect all different kinds of people.
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