“Hooked on a Feeling” Singer B.J. Thomas Dies at 78

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BJ Thomas performs at The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony at the Music City Center on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

One of the country’s most popular and versatile singers, B.J. Thomas, has died. He was 78.

Thomas was a Grammy-winning singer who enjoyed success on the pop, country and gospel charts with such hits as “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and “Hooked on a Feeling.”

A statement released by Thomas’ representatives said the singer died Saturday in Texas from complications due to lung cancer.

A Hugo, Oklahoma, native who grew up in Houston, Billy Joe Thomas broke through in 1966 with a gospel-styled cover of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and went on to sell millions of records and have dozens of hits across genres.

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