American country and pop artist B.J. Thomas has passed away.
The musician died at 78 from complications caused by lung cancer.
Thomas was first recognized for his cover of Heck Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” The composition, as performed by him, held the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 13 weeks in 1966. Two years later, he entered the top five most popular singers with “Hooked on a Feeling,” a song written by his childhood friend Mark James.
Fame came to the musician in 1970 when he recorded the soundtrack “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head” for the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In 2014, this single by B.J. Thomas was inducted into the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame
The singer has won five Grammy Awards during his career, and more than 70 million copies of his albums have been sold worldwide.