B.J. Thomas got lucky with three singles issued between the late ’60s and mid ’70s — “Hooked on a Feeling” (’68), Burt Bacharach and Hal David‘s “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” (’69 — the song that popularized Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and vice versa) and Larry Butler and Chips Moman‘s “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” (’75).

Thomas was a popular, attractive, first-rate crooner — great pipes, knew how to breathe and phrase, cool cheekbones, intense eyes. His singing of the final “nothin’s worryin’ me” became his peak moment — Thomas stretched “me” into 11 notes or flutters or whatever the correct term is.

Thomas’s “Hooked” was released on October ’68 and therefore first out of the gate. But most Average Joes prefer Blue Swede‘s 1974 version (“Oogah-oogah-chow-chow-chow”).

Thomas passed today at age 78.