Hi, Born Billy Joe Thomas on August 7, 1942 in Hugo, Oklahoma, B.J. Thomas would become a big hit maker in the mid 60s through the 1970’s. His Top 10 hits included the Hank Williams classic, “I’M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY”-#8 in 1966, “HOOKED ON A FEELING”-#5 and a million seller in 1968, his biggest record, “RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD”-#1 in 1969, an Oscar-winning song and a million seller and “I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING”-#9 in 1970. Elvis Presley liked this song so much that he sang it in many of his “live shows”.
In February of 1972, B.J. Thomas charted one of my favorite recordings, “ROCK AND ROLL LULLABY” on Scepter Records. The song was written by the team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. B.J. wanted a guitar sound on the record to that of the great Duane Eddy. Knowing that would be a hard chore, he went out and got Duane to play guitar on the record. The backing vocals were done by The Blossoms, a super vocal group and Dave Somerville of The Diamonds. B.J. really liked this record and well he should, it was a great song of a mother (who was just a child herself) and her son, really growing up together. The record was on the Billboard Hot 100 for 11 weeks and charted at #15. “Rock And Roll Lullaby” crossed over to the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and became the #1 song on the chart for 1 week.
In February of 1975 he would chart his last Hot 100, #1 song to date, “(Hey Won’t You Play)ANOTHER SOMEBODY DONE SOMEBODY WRONG SONG” on ABC Records. It sold over a million copies. He would continue to chart Hot 100 hits through 1983.
If you listen to this recording you’ll hear perfection, a great lyric, fabulous guitar, superb backing vocals and a warm and tender vocal by a very talented singer, B.J. THOMAS.
Till the next time—Joe