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B.J. Thomas (1942-2021)

Stéphane Dumas

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Date d'inscription : 07/07/2012

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Message par Stéphane Dumas Sam 29 Mai - 21:32

Le chanteur B.J. Thomas connu pour son hit "Raindrops keep fallin' on my head" est décédé à l'âge de 78 ans. 

B.J. Thomas, the Grammy-winning singer who enjoyed success on the pop, country and gospel charts with such hits as I Just Can't Help Believing, Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head and Hooked on a Feeling, has died. He was 78.

Thomas, who announced in March that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer, died from complications of the disease Saturday at his home in Arlington, Texas, a statement released by his representatives said.

A Hugo, Okla., native who grew up in Houston, Billy Joe Thomas broke through in 1966 with a gospel-styled cover of Hank Williams's I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry and went on to sell millions of records and have dozens of hits across genres. He reached No. 1 with pop, adult contemporary and country listeners in 1976 with (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song. The same year, his Home Where I Belong became one of the first gospel albums to be certified platinum for selling more than 1 million copies.

His signature recording was Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head, a No. 1 pop hit and an Oscar winner for 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.

Thomas wasn't the first choice to perform the whimsical ballad composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David; Ray Stevens turned the songwriters down. But Thomas's warm, soulful tenor fit the song's easygoing mood, immortalized on film during the scene when Butch (Paul Newman) shows off his new bicycle to Etta Place (Katharine Ross), the girlfriend of the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford).

"Raindrops keep fallin' on my head" était utilisé aussi dans le film Butch Cassidy et le Sundance Kid" et Spider-man 2.

La scène du film Butch Cassidy fut parodié aussi dans les Simpsons.
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