B.J. Thomas Diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer

Sad news out of Texas Tuesday evening (3-23) as it’s been revealed that country, Christian, and classic pop artist B.J. Thomas has been diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer.

The 78-year-old originally from Hugo, Oklahoma that rose to prominence from Houston, Texas is most famous for iconic songs like his country #1 “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” “Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Love,” and his signature song, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.”

“I just wanted to take this unique opportunity to share my gratitude to Gloria, my wonderful wife and my rock for over 53 years, my family, friends, and fans,” B.J. Thomas said in a statement to the press. “I’m so blessed to have had the opportunity to record and perform beautiful songs in pop, country, and gospel music, and to share those wonderful songs and memories around the world with millions of you. I ask all of you for your prayers during this time and that my music can live on with you.”

B.J. Thomas has sold over 70 million albums worldwide with a total of eight #1 all-genre hits. The five-time Grammy winner and Grammy Hall of Famer scored multiple hits in country from the late 60’s into the 80’s, and “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” was nominated for the CMA Song of the Year in 1975. From the album Reunions—which is considered by many to be his landmark country contribution—the song written by Larry Butler and Chips Moman also has the distinction of being the longest-titled #1 song in Billboard history.

Though Tomas spent large shares of his career recording pop, contemporary, and Christian music, country was always his compass point. His first ever single in 1966 was a cover of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” by Hank Williams, which scored him a #8 hit on the pop charts.

Thomas says that he remains active and intends to continue to work while receiving treatment at a local health care facility in Texas, and hopes for a full recovery.

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