American singer Billy Joe Thomas (also known as B.J. Thomas) was better known. He is best known for his hit songs “Hooked on a Feeling” and “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”. Thomas, who had stage four lung cancer, died May 29. BJ Thomas’s net worth was estimated at $5 million prior to his death.
|Full Name||Billy Joe Thomas|
|The Birth Date||August 7, 1942|
|Birthplace||Hugo, Oklahoma, United States|
|Net Worth||$5 million|
|Death||May 29, 2022|
B.J. Thomas was born August 7, 1942 in Hugo (Oklahoma). He grew up in Houston, Texas during his childhood. He sang in a church choir as a teenager. Thomas received his high school diploma from Lamar Consolidated High School. Before pursuing his solo career, he has performed with the musical group “The Triumphs”.
Thomas became close friends with Roy Head and The Traits, a rock band with whom he participated in several Battle of the Bands events. Around 1966, he worked along with The Triumphs, and released the album titled “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”. The album includes the hit cover song “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, which became a massive hit with selling over a million copies.
BJ Thomas Net Worth & Career in Music
Thomas came with his second million-selling record in 1968, which was “Hooked on a Feeling”. Soon after a year, he achieved another milestone when he sang the song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Song with the song. In January 1970, the song peaked in No. 1, on the Billboard Hot 100.
During the 1970s, he gave many hit songs like “I Just Can’t Help Believing”, “Everybody’s Out of Town”, “No Love at All”, and Rock and Roll Lullaby”. Thomas dropped the album titled “Reunion” in 1974, which includes the song “Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song”. It reached No. 1 as the longest title track. It peaked at No. 1 on the Hot 100. It was also his first hit since 1972.
Thomas came up with another masterpiece in 1976, the album titled “Home Where I Belong”. It was his first Christian album, which was certified platinum. He also became the most prominent contemporary Christian music artist with this album. He created great music throughout the 1980s. Thomas gave many blockbuster songs like “New Looks from an Old Lover”, “Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Love”, and “Two Car Garage”.
Thomas also sang a theme song titled “As Long as We Got Each Other” for the TV series “Growing Pains”. He actually released the track earlier on his 1985 released album “Throwing Rocks at the Moon”. In 2013, he released an album titled “The Living Room Sessions” which includes acoustic arrangements of many popular songs. That same year on December 3, 2013, his 1969 released song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” was announced to be inducted in Grammy Hall of Fame by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
BJ Thomas Personal life
Thomas married Gloria Richardson, a singer-songwriter. He and Gloria shared the vows of marriage in December 1968. Thomas and Gloria have three daughters, Paige (Nora), Erin (Erin). In 1978, they adopted Nora from North Korea as their second child.
After a few successes in music, his marriage almost ended. He became a Christian in January 1976. His wife Gloria became a Christian shortly after. This helped them reconcile in 1976.
Thomas was diagnosed as having stage IV lung carcinoma. He made the announcement via Facebook on March 23, 2022. Thomas, who was 78 years old, died May 29 at his Arlington Texas-based home.
BJ Thomas Net Worth
BJ Thomas’ incredible hit numbers have left a lasting legacy. As of 2022, BJ Thomas’ net worth is estimated to be around $5 million. Thomas has made all his money from his music career over the past six decades.
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