Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Night Hoop-la

B.J. Thomas - Hooked on a Feeling (1969)

Billy Joe Thomas achieved success in both the pop/rock and country genre during 1960s & '70s.

As a child, Thomas sang in church. In his teen years, he joined a Houston-based band called the 'Triumphs', which achieved only local recognition, and no record contracts.

Thomas began his solo career in 1966 by recording a version of Hank Williams' standard "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." It reached number 8 on the pop charts. It wasn't until two years later that Thomas hit the big time once again when "Hooked on a Feeling" was released and became a number-five, gold single.

Then in 1969, he scored his biggest hit with Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," from the hit film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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