B.J. Thomas, singer of ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,’ dead at 78

Published May 30, 2021, 12:41 PM

by Robert Requintina

B.J. Thomas

B.J. Thomas, Grammy-winning singer of “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head, has passed away. He was 78.

A representative of Thomas said that the “Hook On Feeling” singer died at his home in Arlington, Texas on May 29 due to complications from stage four lung cancer.

Thomas first announced the diagnosis in March.

“I’m so blessed to have had the opportunity to record and perform beautiful songs in pop, country, and gospel music, and to share those wonderful songs and memories around the world with millions of you,” Thomas said in a statement in March.

Thomas won five Grammys, sold 70 million albums worldwide and has eight No. 1 hits and 26 Top 10 singles. But it was the Oscar-wining song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” that catapulted Thomas to worldwide fame.

Thomas was reportedly the third choice to sing “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” which was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the 1969 movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

The song, which spent at No. 1 for four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1970, was initially offered to Ray Stevens and Bob Dylan.

Thomas was married to Gloria Richardson since December 1968. They have three daughters.