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Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

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B.J. Thomas



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Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote this song for the film Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. It was the first million-seller for the legendary songwriters.
Thomas was recording for Scepter Records, which was also home of Dionne Warwick, who recorded many Bacharach/David hits like "Don't Make Me Over" and "I Say A Little Prayer." She took a copy of Thomas' song "Hooked On A Feeling" to Bacharach, who was working on a score for the film. She convinced him to consider Thomas, and although he was reluctant at first, Burt asked Thomas to sing the main theme - "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head." What he didn't tell Thomas was that the song had already been turned down by Bob Dylan and Ray Stevens.
Thomas was getting over laryngitis when he recorded this. It gave the song a raspy quality that the producers of the movie liked. Eight weeks later, Thomas recorded another version that was released as a single in October 1969. This version, with the famous horn solo added to the end, made #1 in the US the first week of 1970 and stayed there for 4 weeks. Said Thomas, "I was in the right place at the right time, and probably got their best song ever."
Burt Bacharach (from Record Collector magazine): "'Raindrops' was done for the score. When you're scoring a motion picture you service the picture and there was that scene with the bicycle. I did keep hearing that title, I must say. That is my title, 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.' Hal tried to change it and come up with another lyric but it never seemed to work as well. I watched the film so much when I was scoring it. It was a convenient way to get B.J. Thomas to sing it because he was in the stable of Scepter at the time. Our first choice was Ray Stevens. They flew Ray out to see the picture and hear the song but he didn't like the picture and he didn't like the song."
This won the Oscar for Best Song From A Motion Picture at the 1970 awards, where Thomas performed it. Bacharach also won for Best Score.
The single version of this song was edited together from three different studio takes of the song.
The "B.J." in B.J. Thomas stands for "Billy Joe." Thomas started singing with a church choir in Houston when he was 14. Some of his other hits include: "Everybody's Out of Town," "I Just Can't Help Believing," "Most of All" and "Rock And Roll Lullaby." He had some legal trouble with this and his other Scepter Records recordings, and had to sue for the royalties he was owed on these tracks. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
This song is played in Spiderman 2, right after Peter Parker decides not to be Spiderman anymore. Thankfully, Parker changed his mind and became a valued superhero. (thanks, Dawson - Draper, UT)
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Comments (27):

On January 25th 1970, B.J. Thomas performed "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
On that very same day it dropped down to #3 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; the four previous weeks it was at #1...
A month earlier on December 7th, 1969 it also reached #1 (for 7 weeks) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
In Canada is also topped their Top Singles and Adult Contemporary charts...
R.I.P. Mr. Sullivan (1901 - 1974) and Mr. Thomas, born Billy Joe Thomas, will celebrated his 72nd birthday this coming August 7th (2014).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
On January 18th 1970, "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" by B.J. Thomas was beginning its fourth week at #1 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart...
And all top seven records on the Top 100 remained the same for the 2nd week in a row...
#2. "Venus" by The Shocking Blue
#3. "I Want You Back" by Jackson 5
#4. "Someday We'll Be Together" by Diana Ross and the Supremes
#5. "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin
#6. "Leaving On A Jet Plane" by Peter, Paul and Mary
#7. "Don't Cry Daddy" by Elvis Presley.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
One of the most uplifting songs ever.
- Martin, Fresno, CA
I heard it before watching the movie. Actually, I didn't even know it was from a movie.
- Jorge, Ribeir?o Preto, Brazil
If memory serves, Mr. Thomas mentioned in his autobiography, "Home Where I Belong", that the commercial success of this song inspired a follow up collaboration between the two. It ended with an insulted Mr. Thomas--knife in hand--chasing Mr. Bacharach down the hall of the studio. Fortunately, B.J. later addressed his drug and temper problems, but the two would likely never work together again.
- thomas, Oklahoma City, OK
I've always kind of liked this song but I always thought it was so out of place in the movie. Really disrupts the flow of the entire film.
- Shane, Chattanooga, TN
Another in a series of perfect minimally-produced masterpieces by Hal David & Burt Bacharach! Love the sublimely silly lyrics, Hal! Right up there with If by David Gates & Bread. If they were any lighter, they would just float away!
- Guy, Woodinville, WA
Great song!!! (And I'm only 13!) I've loved this song since I was eight, and even though I can't say much about melodies and stuff like that, I think It's a beautiful song with a great message.
- Emily, Around Chicago, IL
Bertrand from Paris, France wrote that "B.J." stands for Billy Joe which is correct. He went by B.J. because another singer who had success at the same time was Billy Joe Royal ("Down in the Boondocks"). Also I had always heard that Eddie Arnold fired his manager when he found out that Arnold's manager turned this song down before conferring with Eddie. I don't know, though, if that is factual.
- Stormy, Kokomo, IN
It is pleasure to hear this kind of masterpiece and play with harmonica which is very good terms with this song.
- Kim, Incheon, Korea
Nice ukelele intro... instantly recognizable, just like A Hard Days Night or Close to You..love these "special intros"
- steve dotstar, los angeles, CA
They tried to get Bob Dylan to sing Burt Bacharach's famous song for the movie. He declined.
- Mike, Mountlake Terrace, WA
This song is just so mellow and sweet, every time i hear it feel just... happy
- Heather, San Jose, CA
it a beautiful masterpiece of a song. i love it, and it's a classic.
- Andrew, Bartlett, TN
To Shanelle from Australia: This song is both sad and hopeful, which is, I believe, what the protagonists of the movie were feeling. That is a common sensation for one who spends life on the run, for whatever reasons. Listen to the instrumental "Never Going Home Again" and the vocal "South American Getaway" from the same soundtrack, and I think you'll get a better ideal of what I mean.
- MusicMama, New York, NY
Aww, this song has seen so many covers! The Andre Kostalentz singers made this one a real tear-jerker! John Davidson did a real neat version of it, too!

My FAVORITE remake of it? ANDY WILLIAMS--Now who else could do such an AWESOME version of this like he does?! Superb!!!
- Dave, Oak Park, MI
Does anybody else think this song is about being sad, or depressed? I think it is, but to this day, I can't see the connection between the lyrics and the movie, Butch Cassidy etc. Anybody want to fill me in?
- shanelle, Gold Coast, Australia
This song is featured in "Clerks II". It plays during the go-kart sequence with Dante & Randal.
- Kevin, Southampton, Ontario, Canada
I am an amateur musician. I play guitar and sing. I just considered doing this song as a cover. I praticed it a few times and remembered most of the lyrics. It still needs work, but someday I'm going to perform it.

I have not thought of this song in many years. (along with "Jerimiah was a Bullfrog" (Joy to the world)

Tonight May 3, 2006, I remembered this song out of the blue, with the help of a few shots of tequila and the "four two 0hhhhhhh?". I was in first grade when it was a hit. I made my big sister go out and buy the "45" record. Even My Mom (God rest her soul) liked it.

Its just a damn good nice song.
- frank, Morenci , AZ
Best song ever! Wow, They did a remarkable job here!!!! YAHH!
- David, Fort Worth , TX
#1 of 1970 on WABC, New York's survey. The Beatles' Let It Be was #2.
- fyodor, Denver, CO
Wonderful melody. Still charming audiences in Bullard Texas in 2006.
- Carla, Waco, TX
Just wonderful
- Miles, Vancouver, Canada
This song is also played in the final scene and over the closing credits of "The Simpsons" episode "Duffless".
- Sean, Toronto, Canada
Love this song. Brilliant ballad
- Vincent, St. Davids, England
"Masterpiece!!!"
- Craig, Dunedin, New Zealand
possibly one of the happiest top 40 hits of all
time....
- Scott, chicago, IL
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