Harry D. Butler

Billy Joe Thomas, greater recognized as “B. J.” died from Stage 4 lung most cancers a several weeks in the past he was 78.  

Born in Oklahoma, but reared in Texas, the 6-foot tall singer had a string of strike records —“Raindrops Continue to keep Falling on My Head,” “I Just Simply cannot Assist Believing,” “Hooked On A Feeling” and numerous other folks. It was claimed that his album “Home Where by I Belong” became one of the 1st gospel albums to be qualified platinum for sales of more than 1 million copies. He experienced eight No. 1 hits on quite a few charts and received five Grammy awards. 

It was 44 years back (1977, y’all) at Gadsden’s Convention Hall when we read a “packed house” concert by Thomas — featuring a spiritual tune he devoted to “my Lord and Savior” — that is unforgettable mainly because of an job interview later that evening.