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Billy Joe Thomas, 7 August 1942, Hugo, Oklahoma, USA. B.J. Thomas maintained a sturdy career in the USA in both the pop and country fields from the mid-60s into the late 80s. After getting experience by singing in church during his youth, Thomas joined the Triumphs in Houston, Texas, who released a number of unsuccessful singles on small labels. Collaborating with songwriter Mark Charron, a member of the Triumphs, the group recorded an original song, Billy And Sue, and released it on the Bragg label without national success (it was re-released on Warner Brothers Records in 1964 but again failed to take off).
Thomas then recorded a cover version of Hank Williams Im So Lonesome I Could Cry for Texas producer Huey P. Meaux. It was released on Scepter Records, a New York company and vaulted to number 8 on the national singles chart in the USA. Thomas enjoyed further Top 40 hits with Mama (also...