BJ THOMAS - FAIRBANKS 2016 [R.I.P. 1942 - 2021]

March 3, 2017 – 11:02 am

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BJ THOMAS R.I.P. 1942 - 2021

BJ Thomas, a country and pop hitmaker and five-time Grammy winner who contributed to the Southernization of popular music in the 1960s and ’70s, died on May 29 at his home in Arlington, Texas. He was 78. The cause was complications of lung cancer, said a spokesman, Jeremy Westby of 2911 Media.

Thomas’s biggest hit was “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” which was originally featured in the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and spent four weeks at the top of the pop chart in early 1970. Written and produced by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, “Raindrops” - a cheery ditty about surmounting life’s obstacles - won the Academy Award for best original song later that year. Thomas’s recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014.

Thomas placed 15 singles in the pop Top 40 from 1966 to 1977. “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” a monument to heartache sung in a bruised, melodic baritone, reached No. 1 on both the country and pop charts in 1975. “Hooked on a Feeling,” an exultant expression of newfound love from 1968, also reached the pop Top 10. (Augmented by an atavistic chant of “Ooga-chaka-ooga-ooga,” the song became a No. 1 pop hit as recorded by the Swedish rock band Blue Swede in 1974.)

Thomas’s records helped introduce a smooth, down-home sensibility to the AM airwaves, an approach shaped by the fusion of country, gospel, rock and R&B in the music of Elvis Presley. - nytimes.com

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BJ THOMAS
Fairbanks 2016 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Carlson Center, Fairbanks, AK; May 15, 2016. Fair to good audience recording.

It’s not often you’d find a BJ Thomas show being shared. And if you remember Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, you’d remember Raindrops… And then, there is (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song, said to be the longest titled No. 1 hit ever on the Hot 100! For some, a trip down memory lane.

Thanks to Steve “ballsdeep” Hagar who recorded and shared the show at Dime. Thanks also to Dennis Orr (master).

Steve noted:

This was the finale of a three-show weekend, and Brewer and Shipley opened. The show was a fundraiser for the APOA (Alaska Peace Officers Association), and though the Carlson Center holds over 5K, I’d be surprised if 600 people showed up (the stage ran along the ‘long side’ of the arena, which shrunk the capacity to about 3,000, I believe).

That said, he put on a solid show. My main reason for going is a friend was leaving town, so that saved me the $40 that the ticket cost. Rode my bike there, and was home by 9:30. Anyhow, this guy really isn’t in my wheelhouse, but if I go, I tape. And overall, it came out pretty good, for a “brassy” (not bassy) concrete-arena show.

During the really quiet moments (the acapella song), you can hear footsteps, as though I was over to the side, I was on an aisle seat by a post (to help hide the vidcam on my knee), so you may hear that on occasion (no more than two to three times that I remember).

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Approximately 60 yards from the stage, aligned in front of the right side stack


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Track 01. Intro/Get Ready 3:26
Track 02. The Eyes Of A New York Woman 2:55
Track 03. Chat 0:40
Track 04. Most Of All 2:49
Track 05. Rock And Roll Lullaby 4:35
Track 06. Chat 1:06
Track 07. I Just Can’t Help Believing 3:05
Track 08. Chat 0:47
Track 09. Hooked On A Feeling 3:13
Track 10. You Are My Sunshine 1:42
Track 11. (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song 3:22
Track 12. Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love? 3:33
Track 13. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry 3:26
Track 14. Peace In The Valley 4:18
Track 15. Mighty Clouds Of Joy 3:38
Track 16. Don’t Worry, Baby 4:52
Track 17. Chat and Band Intros 2:27
Track 18. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head 2:40
Track 19. Chat 0:53
Track 20. Higher And Higher 5:31
Track 21. This Guy’s In Love With You 3:43
Track 22. (I Know) I’m Losing You 4:57
68 mins

Lineup:
BJ Thomas - vocals
John Sterling Francis - bass, backing vocals
Tom Wild - guitar, sitar, backing vocals
Tony Crowe- keyboards, backing vocals
Mel Watts - drums

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  1. 30 Responses to “BJ THOMAS - FAIRBANKS 2016 [R.I.P. 1942 - 2021]”

  2. What the hell is this ? An unwelcome blast from the past ? At least if we must endure no talent hacks , let us listen to shows of them in their heyday which in this case was around 69 70

    By Smashmouth on Mar 3, 2017

  3. I agree somewhat although not as angrily as smashmouth, makes you wonder though what’s next Wayne Newton at Harrahs in Vegas ?

    By Tony C on Mar 3, 2017

  4. Tony C, These nuts are angrily bouncing on your chin

    By Tony C Moron on Mar 3, 2017

  5. Smash when we’ll do a 69 my dick will give you a blast from the past in your mouth

    By Smashmoron on Mar 3, 2017

  6. Thanks Bigo! This is a real riot. Perfect for Mancini.

    By Rich on Mar 3, 2017

  7. definitely going to give this a listen..the guy could really sing back in the day , oh i know there are those here who decry anything that doesn`t have a screaming lead guitar as bullshit but they`ll grow up one day too. thanks bigo , never hurts to listen outside of your comfort zone cripes you might even surprise yourself.

    By sluggo on Mar 3, 2017

  8. Thanks for sharing this. Surprised how many hits he had in his heyday (Rock and Roll Lullaby being the best one and Elvis was a fan having covered “I Just Can’t Stop Believing.”) And also, surprisingly, none of his Christian music as he had an exceptional career in that genre.

    By Tony on Mar 3, 2017

  9. How old is JB Thomas ? 80 ?

    By Tony C on Mar 3, 2017

  10. Sluggo the total joy you feel as these nuts bounce on your chin is no surprise

    By Sluggo Moron on Mar 3, 2017

  11. Sluggo the total joy you feel as these nuts bounce on your chin is no surprise

    welcome back Darth can`t fool us.

    By sluggo on Mar 3, 2017

  12. another trollfest ,oh well par for the course here

    By Antonio on Mar 4, 2017

  13. Antonio , these nuts bouncing on your chin is par for the course

    By Antonio Moron on Mar 4, 2017

  14. Of course this dick is also dancing in your mouth, Antony

    By Antonio C. Moron on Mar 4, 2017

  15. My dick, your mouth
    My nuts, your chin
    She dances, they bounce
    How lucky you are
    To be a moron

    Moron’s Blues

    By Tom Waits for no one on Mar 4, 2017

  16. Fuckin’ awesome, Tom

    By everyone else on bigo on Mar 4, 2017

  17. Troll city USA, this worthless comments section

    By Terrence on Mar 5, 2017

  18. This is actually a very good to great sounding audience recording. Better than most on here. With all of the trials and tribulations this man has gone through, this is quite enjoyable. If you don’t like it, than move on to something else instead of leaving worthless dribble that nobody reads anyway. Plenty on here to enjoy. I would love to see some new Chuck Prophet on here, he is going to start a tour soon in the USA playing tunes from his Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins cd.
    Thanks BigO!

    By BigE on Mar 6, 2017

  19. Fantastic, thank you

    By Martinez on Mar 8, 2017

  20. What’s a BJ? I never got one.

    By U L E on May 31, 2021

  21. A Billy Joel

    By Derrick on May 31, 2021

  22. Twernt me above nuther fake

    By U L E on May 31, 2021

  23. Rumor has it BJ had a Big Un

    By U L E on May 31, 2021

  24. Why is it when one of these geezers croaks , the show picked is of them in senior citizen status ? This guy is in his 70s here for heavens sake . Can’t we at least have a show when they were young ?

    By Pat Grooms on Jun 1, 2021

  25. Worse than that why can’t these old buzzards have the dignity to retire . Bob Dylan is the worst example. Also McCartney , Elton John , Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young . Retire already.

    By Pat Grooms on Jun 1, 2021

  26. They’re milking the cash cow Patrick .

    By T J on Jun 1, 2021

  27. . . . . .and while we all wait for Pat Grooms to retire his one note samba (it was a fund raiser you dumb cunts)they sang because its their job and bet you’re not still working at their age! What are you a plumber? Sheet rock fixer?
    You’ll be lucky if you get any work NOW let alone in your dotage. Less of the ageist shite. If people didn’t like ‘em they wouldn’t pay good money to see em! DUH!?

    By Grooms Still Waiting at The Alter on Jun 1, 2021

  28. Thanks. Nice to listen and remember.

    By IDC on Jun 1, 2021

  29. The ones listening are other old buzzards and geezers jut like them. I bet all you see in the audience are pot bellies,grey hair ,bald spots and receding hairlines.Rock and roll is for the young.

    By Pat Grooms on Jun 2, 2021

  30. I agree Pat. I admire Grace Slick. Probably the best female rocker ever.In interviews she constantly bashes aging rockers and musicians who wont retire when they should like the rolling stones. I mean what would you rather see. The stones now or in the 60s and 70s ? same with Bob Dylan. Does Dylan and the stones really need more money? Paul McCartney is probably the richest rocker in history. Its not even close. Why does he continue to perform? Every dog has his day.

    By Larry on Jun 2, 2021

  31. Yeah, another “no talent hack” who had a load of Top Twenty hits, including Number Ones. And you guys…?

    By buster on Jun 2, 2021

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