|BJ Thomas (right), who visited the Oklahoma State Capitol in 2007, with then-Governor Brad Henry / Photo = Yonhap News|
American singer BJ Thomas, who sang’Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head’, a popular pop song in Korea, died of a chronic illness yesterday (29th) in local time. I am 78 years old.
According to the Associated Press, a public relations officer at Thomas said in a statement that “Thomas was diagnosed with lung cancer in March and died of complications at his home in Arlington, Texas.”
Thomas was born in Oklahoma and raised in Houston. In 1966, Hancock Williams’ “I’m so lonesome I could cry” was remade in a gospel style, selling millions of records, with great success.
Including’Rain Drops’, which is the insertion song of the movie’Shoot Tomorrow’, which was released in 1969, he is a singer who enjoyed the 1960s~70s by going back and forth in various music genres such as ballads, country, gospel.
Since then, his signature song’Rain Drops’ was used as the theme song for the 1969 movie’Shoot Tomorrow’ and won the Academy Award for Best Theme Song.
This song has since been used throughout the animation’The Simpsons’ and the movie’Forest Gump’, and in 2013 it was on the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Thomas had great success with this song, but at the same time suffered from drug addiction.
In the 1970s, when popularity and activity were rising, Thomas confessed that he had suffered severe drug addiction. Later, he met his wife, Gloria Richardson, and told him that he was able to escape drug addiction.
Thomas said in an interview with The Huffington Post in 2014 that “music is the only touchstone for me, suffering from severe alcohol and drug addiction,” and “Amidst many trials and failures, only the small light from music was the center of my life.”