B J Thomas, still a Crowd Pleaser
B.J. Thomas proved that after four decades of hit records he still has what it takes to wow a crowd. He brought his timeless hits to the Texas Longhorn last week.
Thomas, who had his first hit with “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” in 1965, proved he can still please a crowd as easily as he did four decades ago. Thomas appeared and with a strong, clear voice brought the crowd to its feet with the renditions of his hit songs.
For over an hour with only two short breaks for water and to talk to the crowd Thomas stood and sang songs that were clearly favorites of the near capacity crowd at the Longhorn. “Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “I Just Can’t Help Believing” and “Hey, Won’t You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” were several of his crowd pleasing songs that kept his fans eager to hear more.
He introduced his “beautiful red-headed blond wife, Gloria” and said that they have been together for 40 years and were shooting for 40 more. “A song for the grandparents” was his 1965 rendition of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”
There seemed to be a lot of grandparents in the crowd judging by the reaction of the crowd. Clearly the fans wanted to hear “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and when he finally sang it, the audience sang along like they were still teenagers. After his “last song” cries of “B.J, B.J, B.J,” brought him back for two more songs; he was gone.
Thomas still has an active road schedule that includes stops as diverse as Conroe (Texas) and Saskatchewan in Canada. He has a role in the just released movie “Jakes Corner,” a movie about a small town in the Arizona desert and the quirky inhabitants of the town. Thomas plays the saloon singer “Doc.”
“Jake’s Corner” stars Richard Tyson and three time Oscar winner Diane Ladd.