Billy Joe Thomas, the Grammy Hall of Fame inductee and award-winning country singer died at the age of 78. Billy is probably well known for his hits like “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head” and “Hooked on a Feeling.” In March, the singer made an official announcement mentioning his lung cancer diagnosis. However, due to all these complications, he died at his home in Arlington, Texas. The news of his was reported by the publicist Jeremy Westby in a statement.
One of his co-singer, Dionne Warwick, who duetted with Thomas, sent out a tweet Saturday with her condolences. She tweeted, “My sincere condolences to the family of one of my favorite duet partners, BJ Thomas. I will miss him as I know so many others will as well. Rest In Peace, my friend.”
Notably, the pop singer once in a statement said, “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.”
From humble origins of singing in church, Thomas first found success with a cover of William’s “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” in 1966, which became his first million-selling single. Also, the Signature recording of B J Thomas was “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head.” However, with time it turned to be the No. 1 pop hit and an Oscar winner for the best original song as part of the soundtrack to one of the biggest movies of 1969, the irreverent Western “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”