American singer BJ Thomas, performer of the song “Raindrops keep fallin ‘on my head”, passed away on Saturday from a lung cancer at his home in Arlington, Texas, at age 78, announced its agents in a statement.
Bj thomas won five Grammy Awards between 1977 and 1981, and was released in 1966 with a cover of “I’m so lonesome I could cry“By country singer Hank Williams and then with the song”Hooked on a feeling”In 1968.
But it was with “Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head“, the soundtrack of the film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidFrom 1969, when he became truly famous. With that ode to optimism, he won an Oscar and topped the charts in America.
Few artists have made a more memorable mark on the American music scene than BJ Thomas. With his silky, rich voice and unerring songwriting ability, Thomas’s extensive career has spanned many styles, including country, pop and gospel, ”wrote his agents on his website.
After several years of addiction to alcohol and drugs In the 1970s, 1976 saw a “turning point” in the life of BJ Thomas with his conversion to evangelical Christianityaccording to the statement.
He then devoted himself to gospel music, and that same year, his album “Home where I belong”Sold more than a million copies.
Singer BJ Thomas had revealed in March that he had an advanced form of lung cancer.
“I am just one guy among many. I’ve been very lucky, ”he said.