B. J. Thomas
American gospel signer
B. J. Thomas
Billy Joe "B. J. " Thomas is an American popular singer known for his chart-topping hits in the 1960s and 1970s—appearing on the pop, adult contemporary, country and Hot 100 charts.
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Should you believe the Old Farmer's Almanac's forecast?
CNN - 6 months
The story goes that, in 1815, Old Farmer's Almanac founding editor Robert B. Thomas was interrupted by a boy wondering what to put down for the weather forecast of July 13, 1816.
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Tia leads the way for Dacorum & Tring’s young stars at Watford meet
Hemel Today - almost 2 years
Dacorum & Tring AC’s young athletes had a fine outing at the second Eastern Young Athletes League match of the season, held at Watford’s Woodside Stadium. The team finished second overall out of seven clubs, bringing home a number of podium places, new club records and personal bests. The finest performance of the day belonged to U13 girl Tia Stonehouse, who threw a massive 29.80m in the javelin (more than 10m further than the second-placed finisher) to break the club’s record for the second time in as many weeks, and who now moves to first place in the UK rankings for the event in the U13 category in the year to date. Tia, a multi-event specialist, also took second place in the long jump with a leap of 4.41m and third in the shot putt. Such has been her progress over the winter that Dacorum & Tring’s multi-event coach Chris Styles says she’s on track to be one of the club’s strongest multi-event athletes ever. Doug Greer, a former Team GB Paralympian and now a member of ...
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Siddharth Chatterjee: The Tyranny of Intellectual Disability: Lack of Options
The Huffington Post - about 3 years
Reaching the intellectually disabled is to make human, emotional connections in a hectic world that too seldom pauses to touch humanity. @SpecialOlympics Consider this story of a mother and her son with an intellectual disability -- in Africa. Before heading to the fields every morning to cultivate her crop, she would lead her young son to a wooden post just beside the pig pen. She would tie him by his wrist to the post, as he watched the goats roam around him -- free. From dawn to dusk, his restraint became his existence. He would await his mother's return. Repetition loomed. No early stimulation, scarce nutrition, frightening isolation and at risk of all forms of danger. From a sterile, analytical viewpoint, this can be seen as child abuse, plain and simple. But the reality is far more complicated. For countless children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their families in Africa and beyond, this scenario represents the most basic form o ...
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The 6th Floor Blog: Believe Your Ears: B.J. Thomas Is Still at It
NYTimes - over 3 years
I was surprised to see the pop-music singer playing on Jimmy Fallon’s show.     
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Remains ID'd as 13-year-old Hailey Dunn, Texas cheerleader missing since 2010
Fox News - almost 4 years
The remains of a 13-year-old Texas cheerleader Hailey Dunn have been found more than two years after she was reported missing. Hailey's remains were found in a remote West Texas location last month, and the Texas Department of Public Safety informed her mother, Billie Jean Dunn on Friday that the remains are her daughter's, attorney John Young said. "She's trying to process the entirety of this," Young said. "She has to process that Hailey isn't coming home." Scurry County Sheriff Trey Wilson said later Friday at a news conference that the remains were found near Lake J.B. Thomas in Scurry County on March 16. The girl's disappearance and cause of death remain under investigation. Officials are expected to hold a news conference Friday afternoon. Hailey had been the subject of months of intensive searches in and around her hometown of Colorado City and surrounding fields and landfills. More than 100 billboards featuring her picture and information about the case have b ...
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Manhattan Project physicist Robert Christy dies at 96
Fox News - over 4 years
Robert F. Christy, a former California Institute of Technology professor who helped design the trigger mechanism for the atomic bombs used in World War II, died Wednesday. He was 96. Christy died of natural causes at his home in Pasadena, surrounded by his family, according to Caltech spokeswoman Deborah Williams-Hedges. Christy was one of the early recruits to the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos Laboratory, a U.S. government research project to develop atomic weapons during the war. He was hand-picked to join by his University of California, Berkeley, professor J. Robert Oppenheimer, with whom Christy studied quantum mechanics. The Canadian native devised what came to be known as the Christy bomb or Christy gadget, a plutonium implosion device. Born in Vancouver, Christy showed mathematical prowess early in his schooling and skipped grades to graduate from the University of British Columbia when he was 19, according to a 1994 interview recorded in Caltech's archives. Be ...
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Fending Off Life’s Slings and Arrows, Such as Divorce, with Stoicism
Pscyh Central - over 4 years
“Hey, that’s not fair!” Do you remember the first time you heard or said these words? Maybe it was while playing hopscotch, tag, or “Monopoly” with your friends or siblings. Or, like me, you may recall that expression from the school playground, when someone broke the rules of the touch football game. The fact is, most of us grew up in a culture that places great value on “fairness” and “playing by the rules.” There’s just one problem with this noble ideal: the world simply doesn’t work that way. As the biblical book of Ecclesiastes observed, “The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise… but time and chance happens to them all.” Indeed, the physicists tell us that the universe tends toward maximum disorder, or “entropy” — not fairness! And yet, most of us react to injustice, mistreatment, and even natural disasters with a sense that we have been treated unfairly — as the B.J. Thomas song put it, we feel that “Somebody done somebody w ...
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Athletics: Petrou’s blazing a trail right to very top
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
Leeds’ Nick Petrou believes the best is still to come despite storming to gold at the Aviva English Schools’ Track and Field Championships in Gateshead at the weekend. The 15-year-old headed to Gateshead International Stadium as the one to beat, having won all but one of his 400m races this season, including collecting gold from May’s School Games at the London 2012 stadium. And it was a similar story on Saturday as Petrou crossed the line in 48.53 seconds to pick up the inter 400m crown for North Yorkshire. This victory also booked the Leeds City AC starlet a spot in England’s team for this month’s SIAB Schools’ International, where he will take on the best Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have to offer in Kent. And despite recording a new personal best 24 hours before the final in his heat, crossing the line in 48.40 seconds, Petrou insists he has plenty more to give. “I think the race went well. It was a tough race with some really tough competition,” said Petrou, who follo ...
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Top 3 Concerts: Steve Tyrell and Debbie Boone
The Morning Call - Blogs - almost 5 years
In his career, jazz musician Steve Tyrell produced with the likes of Burt Bacharach on hits such as Dionne Warwick's "The Look of Love," B.J. Thomas's "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head." He's worked with artists such as Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Wonder.
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Do you know Shakespeare’s American career?
Oxford University Press Blog - almost 5 years
By Alden T. Vaughan and Virginia Mason Vaughan Although England had colonies in Virginia and Bermuda before William Shakespeare died in 1616, he never came to America. But no Englishman ever had such a triumphant posthumous migration to America as did Shakespeare: in books (by him and about him), in performances of his dramas on virtually every stage from coast to coast, in school and college curricula from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first, in Broadway musicals, in “blackface” minstrel shows, in summer festivals, in stuffed dolls, trinkets, key rings, and tea cups. Shakespeare in America is multifaceted and ubiquitous. How well do you know Shakespeare’s American career? The first known production of a Shakespeare play took place in New York in 1730. What was the play? (a) Romeo and Juliet (b) As You Like It (c) Hamlet (d) Much Ado About Nothing Which statesman took a break from the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to attend an operatic performance of The ...
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Grammy Award winner B.J. Thomas hits the stage
Prince Albert Daily Herald - almost 5 years
Five-time Grammy Award winner blows into town for a show on April 4, at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre. In a career that has spanned more than five decades, Texas born B.J. Thomas has experienced massive commercial success. Thomas had four gold records within his first nine years, starting with ...
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Encouraging science education - Chicago Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
... science among children; an interest that may lead to their being responsible for tomorrow's breakthrough medicines and technologies. -- John B. Thomas, President, James Sullivan, Vice President of Pharmaceutical Discovery, the Abbott Fund, Abbott Park
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Golisano home in Victor to get new appraisal - MPNnow.com
Google News - over 5 years
Billionaire B. Thomas Golisano hosted a seminar last year to help property owners understand how to fight assessments. By Melody Burri, staff writer The Victor Town Board Monday night voted to hire an independent appraisal company to assess the value
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District 301 prepares for beginning of 2011-12 school year - Chicago Sun-Times
Google News - over 5 years
District 301 schools are Central High School, Central Middle School and Howard B. Thomas Grade School in Burlington; Lily Lake Grade School in Maple Park; and Country Trails Elementary School, Prairie View Grade School and Prairie Knolls Middle School
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Luongo regrets critical comments of B's Thomas - 7Online.com
Google News - over 5 years
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo says he regrets questioning Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas' goaltending style following Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. The comments sparked a media circus and also seemed to serve as motivation for the Bruins,
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Bogus ratings of mortgage-related securities show conflicts of interest by ... - PhysOrg.com
Google News - over 5 years
Standard and Poor's incompetent -- and arguably corrupt -- behavior in the years leading up to the 2007-2009 financial crisis makes its recent downgrade of US debt hard for many to swallow, said Lloyd B. Thomas Jr., a K-State professor of economics and
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Text messages lead to end of rape case - Buffalo News
Google News - over 5 years
LOCKPORT — A rape case against a Buffalo man fizzled Friday in State Supreme Court as the prosecutor said new evidence made convicting Christian B. Thomas “impossible.” Two counts of first-degree rape and a count of first-degree
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of B. J. Thomas
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    On December 3, 2013, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced that his 1969 single "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" would be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas has been married to singer-songwriter Gloria Richardson since December 1968. They have three daughters: Paige (born 1970), Nora (adopted from Korea in 1978), and Erin (born in 1979). Shortly after Thomas's career began, he became dependent on drugs and alcohol which led to his marriage nearly ending and himself even coming close to death. Gloria became a Christian in 1975, and less than a month later, so did B.J.; most press sources indicate that Thomas has been sober since their separation was reconciled in 1976. Note: Singles without indicated B-sides may have been only released as promotional copies with stereo and mono versions of the same song.
    On April 2, 2013, Thomas released The Living Room Sessions, an album with acoustic arrangements of well known hits.
    More Details Hide Details It features guest appearances with established and emerging vocalists accompanying Thomas on seven of twelve tracks.
  • 2011
    On December 31, 2011, Thomas was the featured halftime performer at the 2011 Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Thomas first released this track on his 1985 album Throwing Rocks at the Moon (Columbia Records).
    More Details Hide Details Thomas has also authored two books including the autobiography Home Where I Belong, and starred in the movies Jory and Jake's Corner. Several commercial jingles including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Bell, have featured his singing voice and music.
  • 1981
    In 1981, on his 39th birthday, Thomas became the 60th member of the Grand Ole Opry.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas scored another hit, recording "As Long As We Got Each Other", the theme to Growing Pains. The first season theme was a solo for Thomas, but was re-recorded as a duet with Jennifer Warnes for the second and third seasons. It was re-recorded again for the show's fourth season with British singer Dusty Springfield, but the Thomas/Warnes version was reinstated for season five and most of season seven.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    In 1976, Thomas released Home Where I Belong, produced by Chris Christian on Myrrh Records, the first of several gospel albums.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first Christian album to go platinum, and Thomas became the biggest contemporary Christian artist of the period. On MCA Records, Thomas and Chris Christian recorded what would be his last Top 40 hit single, "Don't Worry Baby", on his last pop album, which also included the Adult Contemporary hit "Still the Lovin' Is Fun". During the 1980s, his success on the pop charts began to wane, but many of his singles reached the upper regions on the country singles chart, including two 1983 chart toppers, "Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Love" and "New Looks from an Old Lover" (see 1984 in music), as well as "Two Car Garage", which reached No. 3.
  • 1972
    Thomas's earlier hits were with Scepter Records, his label for six years. He left Scepter Records in 1972 and spent a short period, in 1973 and 1974, with Paramount Records, during which time he released two albums, Songs (1973) and Longhorns & Londonbridges (1974).
    More Details Hide Details In 1975, Thomas released the album Reunion on ABC Records, which had absorbed the Paramount label; it contained "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" (the longest titled No. 1 hit ever on the Hot 100). It was Thomas's first big hit since 1972 and secured him his fourth gold record.
  • 1970
    A year later Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid featured Thomas performing the Bacharach/David song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", which won the Academy Award for best original song that year and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1970.
    More Details Hide Details Sales of it also exceeded one million copies, with Thomas being awarded his third gold record. The song was also released on an album of the same name. Other hits of the 1970s were "Everybody's Out of Town", "I Just Can't Help Believing" (No. 9 in 1970, covered by Elvis Presley), "No Love at All", "Mighty Clouds of Joy", and "Rock and Roll Lullaby".
  • OTHER
  • 1968
    Thomas came back to achieve mainstream success again in 1968, first with "The Eyes of a New York Woman", then five months later with the much bigger "Hooked on a Feeling", which featured the sound of Reggie Young's electric sitar and was first released on the album On My Way (Scepter Records). "Hooked on a Feeling" became Thomas's second million-selling record.
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  • 1966
    In 1966, B.J. Thomas and The Triumphs released the album I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Pacemaker Records).
    More Details Hide Details It featured a hit cover of the Hank Williams song "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry". The single sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc. The follow-up single, "Mama", peaked at No. 22. In the same year, Thomas released a solo album of the same name on the Scepter Records label.
  • 1942
    Born on August 7, 1942.
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