Country music superstar Travis Tritt expressed his sorrow over hearing about the death of BJ Thomas in a heartfelt social media post.
BJ Thomas, known for songs like “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” and “Hooked on a Feeling,” died from complications of lung cancer on Saturday. He was 78 years old and died at his home in Arlington, Texas.
Tritt retweeted the official announcement from Thomas’ Twitter account and shared his thoughts about him.
Travis Tritt, who returned to performing live before audiences after COVID-19, said he’d been in touch with BJ Thomas over the past year.
BJ Thomas Receives Nominations, Awards Across Musical Genres
While people know BJ Thomas and his work from pop music, he also worked in the country and gospel genres.
He gets nominated in 1970 by the Grammy Awards for “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.” That is for “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.” The song appears in the film, “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.”
In 1975, the CMA nominated his song, “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” for “Single of the Year.” It didn’t win. The song title, though, became the longest one ever to hit the No. 1 spot in Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
He won the “Album by a Secular Artist” award in 1976 from the Dove Awards for “Home Where I Belong.” A year later, BJ Thomas started a run of five straight Grammy Award wins. In 1977, he won a Grammy for “Best Inspirational Performance” with “Home Where I Belong.” In 1978, in the same category, Thomas won for “Happy Man.”
Thomas Keeps Racking Up Grammy Awards, Enters Hall of Fame
Let’s turn into 1979 where he won the Grammy for “You Gave Me Love (When Nobody Gave Me A Prayer).” In 1980, Thomas collected a Grammy with other singers on the song, “The Lord’s Prayer.” He won his last Grammy in 1981 for “Best Inspirational Performance” for “Amazing Grace.” That same year, BJ Thomas earned another Dove Award for “Amazing Grace.”
Then, BJ Thomas was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014. It was for, what else, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.”
In 2011, Thomas was the halftime performer at the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
BJ Thomas leaves behind a large catalog of music, awards, and memories for his fans both young and old alike.