B.J. Thomas (born Billy Joe Thomas) achieved success in both Pop/Rock and Country in the late ‘60s and ‘70s. What began as a rock & roll career, turned to Country by the mid-‘70s, as Thomas became one of the most successful Country-Pop stars of the decade.
Thomas began singing as a child, performing in church. As a teenager, he joined The Triumphs, a Houston-based band, who released several independent singles that failed to make the charts. For the group’s last single, B.J. and fellow band member Mark Charron wrote “Billy and Sue”, which garnered no airplay. After “Billy and Sue”, Thomas began a solo career, recording Hank Williams’ country classic “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”.
Released by Scepter Records in early 1966, the single became a Top Ten hit on the Pop charts. Although he had moderate follow-up hits, it wasn’t until 1968 when “Hooked on a Feeling” became a Number Five, gold single. The following year he sang the Bacharach-David Oscar-winning hit, “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” from the hit film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It was followed by a string of soft rock hits in the next two years, including “Everybody’s Out of Town”, “I Just Can’t Help Believing”, “No Love At All”, and “Rock and Roll Lullaby”, which featured guitarist Duane Eddy and the vocal group, the Blossoms.
B.J. Thomas headed to Paramount Records when Scepter Records went out of business. With no hits at Paramount, Thomas pursued a country-pop direction at ABC Records. His first single for ABC, (“Hey, Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song”, became his second Number One record on the pop charts, as well as establishing a country career for the vocalist.
For the next decade, Thomas continued to have hits on the country charts, with the most notable “Don’t Worry Baby” crossing over into the pop charts. He switched record companies at a rapid pace but did nothing to slow the charting of his hits. Thomas hit his country peak in 1983 and ’84 when he had the Number-One hits, “Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love” and “New Looks From an Old Lover”, as well as Top Ten hits, “The Whole World’s in Love When You’re Lonely” and “Two Car Garage”. Throughout the ‘80s, B.J. Thomas recorded gospel hits concurrently with his country hits.
Recognizing the continued loyalty of his fans, B.J. has established his own label, B.J. Thomas Music, which debuts with the release of Love to Burn. The album synthesizes the wide-ranging styles that have influenced his career. It contains a masterfully blended mix of eight ballads and four up-tempo songs, which allow B.J. to demonstrate his marvelous voice and virtuosity which have placed him at the pinnacle of success, with a history of more than 70,000,000 record sales.