BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #227: ” RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD”- B.J. THOMAS – JANUARY 3, 1970

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Billboard #1 Hits: #227: “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”- B.J. Thomas. January 3, 1970. #1 for 4 weeks.

  • Single: “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”- B.J. Thomas
  • Record Company- Scepter
  • Genre: Pop
  • Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
  • Time: 3:02
  • B-side: “Never Had It So Good”
  • Album- Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
  • Grade: C+
  • Peaked at #1 4 weeks on Billboard Hot 100. #38 in the UK Singles Chart, #1 in Canada, Norway and South Africa.

“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”- B.J. Thomas- the first new #1 hit in the 1970’s- and it stayed on top for the first month of 1970. The song is from the big hit movie starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

Reportedly Ray Stevens was offered the song first and turned it down- and then Bob Dylan also turned it down. It became the biggest break in B.J. Thomas’s career. Thomas previously had one big hit- “Hooked On A Feeling” #5 in 1968. The song went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Song. Another big hit for the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David who couldn’t miss in the late 60’s -early 70’s era. While this was an extremely successful single- I think it is rather run of the mill. Being in a big hit movie certainly helped it on the charts. Thomas would have one more #1 hit 1975’s {Hey Won’t You Play} Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.”

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