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Episode 140 Part 2: B.J. Thomas

the Millennial Throwback Machine

This week, as per usual, I"m gonna dive into the history behind last week's song & artist, and specifically, we are going to talk about exactly what kind of connection the singer of this song might have with it even though he didn't write the song, and also, I talk about one VERY important person that was basically responsible for most of his successful career as a performing artist, and also talk about the musicians that played on the session plus where it was recorded as well. I also make a VERY cool announcement on one of my songs that I'm going to do something very cool with tomorrow, and I also give you an update on what's currently going on with my podcast joining the Pantheon Network.Here's the link to last week's song just in case you wanted to listen to it:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqt_iZBvtCoYou can also follow me on Instagram right here:https://www.instagram.com/iheartoldies/Please do check out my website right here:https://www.samwilliamsmusic.netalso, WOULD love it if you guys could listen to my EP that is out right now. what's included on my EP is three previously released singles plus 4 new songs that just came out as a part of this EP. would love to hear your thoughts on these songs, and if they resonate with you or if you can relate to them in any way, or if your the slightest bit impressed with skills as a musician and lyricist. you can do that by emailing me at samltwilli@icloud.com or you can also reach out to me on Instagram @iheartoldies:https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/samlwilliams/turquoise-apricotwould love it if you guys could also check out my recent interviews with Honk Magazine and ShoutoutLA. here you'll really get to know me on more of a personal level other then just with this podcast. if you found out about me from reading these articles and would like to start a relationship with me after reading these, please make yourself known to me at samltwilli@icloud.com or you can also reach out to me on Instagram @iheartoldies: https://honkmagazine.com/sam-l-williams-talks-about-his-career-path-influence-and-new-music/https://shoutoutla.com/meet-sam-l-williams-musician-songwriter-podcast-host/Please do also check out the official Spotify and Youtube playlists for this podcast. there you'll be able to find all of the songs that I have talked about on my podcast so far including some of the ones that I have mentioned in interview episodes of my podcast. if listening to these playlists gives you any ideas for the kind of songs I should talk about next on my podcast that I haven't yet, please email those ideas to me at samltwilli@icloud.com, you can also reach out to me on Instagram @iheartoldies: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/21f3uBS6kU4hUF6QAC5JMj?si=V1o8R_JaQQmvOm3ynTcReAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS1sYR7xky8&list=PL66sgq_GAmRcXy8yKZJfVmAD14HUYj7Nfwould also LOVE it if you could check out the official Redbubble Merch store for this podcast. here you'll be able to find this SUPER cool logo specifically for this podcast, that I had someone else design but I came up with the idea for the design for, and if you like this logo and would like to give me some feedback on it or the prices of each item in the store, you can email me at samltwilli@icloud.com, or you can also reach out to me on Instagram @iheartoldies:https://www.redbubble.com/people/60ssam95/works/36806158-keep-things-groovy?asc=uIf you found out some REALLY cool facts about last week's song & artist and you never really knew anything about the song or the artist that recorded it, please email me at samltwilli@icloud.com, and you can also reach out to me on Instagram @iheartoldies. like I said in this episode, there is a chance I will do one of my own songs for this podcast sometime soon, so definitely expect that coming up within the next few weeks.

41mins

13 Jun 2021

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Episode 140 Part One: B.J. Thomas

the Millennial Throwback Machine

This week I'm paying tribute to someone who recently passed away from Stage 4 lung cancer by doing a song of his that I think you might know but not by his original version of the song. this song was covered in the 70's by a Swedish band and their version was used in recent years in a BIG hit movie with millennials, so you might know the song from that version of it but you might not have heard the original version of the song (which was done by him), so that is what I"m covering in this week's podcast, so as per usual, I talk about what makes this song so good musically and lyrically, and next week, I'll dive into BJ's history as an artist and talk about his ups and downs with his career and the behind the scenes details on his songs as well. here's the link to this week's song just in case you wanted to listen to it:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqt_iZBvtCoYou can also follow me on Instagram right here:https://www.instagram.com/iheartoldies/PLEASE do also check out my EP that just came out last weekend. these songs are a labor of love of mine and if you listen to these songs, you'll get a good insight into my experiences with relationships and you'll also get to hear me shine as a musician as I am playing most of the instruments on these songs, and I think I might actually cover one of them on my podcast soon. so keep on the lookout for that, but in the meantime, here's where you can check them out, and please do lmk whatcha think of these songs, you can do that by emailing me at samltwilli@icloud.com, or you can reach out to me on Instagram @iheartoldies: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/samlwilliams/turquoise-apricothttps://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/samlwilliams/keep-her-in-my-back-pockethttps://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/samlwilliams/turquoise-apricot--she-said-noAlso, if you want to read more about me as a musician/songwriter as well as a person, please check out my recent interview with ShoutoutLA magazine, here I talk about what's currently going on with my music career plus my podcast as well. would love to know whatcha think of this, and if you found out some REALLY cool stuff about me from reading this that you didn't already know about me, please email me at samltwilli@icloud.com you can also reach out to me on Instagram @iheartoldies: https://shoutoutla.com/meet-sam-l-williams-musician-songwriter-podcast-host/You can also find my recent feature in Honk Magazine here:https://honkmagazine.com/sam-l-williams-talks-about-his-career-path-influence-and-new-music/Please do also check out the Official Spotify and Youtube playlists for my podcast, there you'll be able to find all of the songs that I have talked about on my show so far including some of the ones that I have talked about in interview episodes in the past, and if you liked these songs and want to suggest me more songs that I should cover next on my podcast that I haven't yet, please email those ideas to me at samltwilli@icloud.com, you can also reach out to me on Instagram @iheartoldies: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/21f3uBS6kU4hUF6QAC5JMjhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS1sYR7xky8&list=PL66sgq_GAmRcXy8yKZJfVmAD14HUYj7NfPlease Do also check out the official Redbubble Merch store for this podcast, there you'll be able to find the official Millennial Throwback Machine logo attached to these really cool merch items, and the logo is something I did not design but I personally came up for the design of, it's the catch phrase I say at the end of every episode in Keep On Trucking Tie Dye font with the name of my podcast on the bottom, please do check this out and let me know whatcha think of this as well, you can email me your feedback at samltwilli@icloud.com or you can also reach out to me on Instagram @iheartoldies, please do also let me know whatcha think of the prices of each item in the store as well:https://www.redbubble.com/people/60ssam95/works/36806158-keep-things-groovy?asc=uIf you liked my analysis on this week's song, and you recognize it from the cover version by Blues Swede but you've never heard the original version of the song by B.J. Thomas, and your a millennial, please email me at samltwilli@icloud.com, or you can also reach out to me on Instagram @iheartoldies. Please stayed tuned for when this podcast will join the Pantheon Network.

31mins

6 Jun 2021

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Episode 25: Old Chicago Indoor Amusement Park, Gavin MacLeod, B.J. Thomas and, Arlene Golonka.

Vanished Chicagoland Stories

Episode 25: I will be talking about Old Chicago Indoor Amusement Park, Gavin MacLeod, B.J. Thomas and, Arlene Golonka. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/pete-kastanes/message

23mins

1 Jun 2021

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EP 5 - 50 Years of Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head - B.J. Thomas

LCW Music Edition

Legendary musician, singer, songwriter and Grammy Winning Artists, B.J. Thomas joins Dr. Bond to discuss the 50th anniversary of his massive hit Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head.

24mins

24 Mar 2021

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Hooked on a Feeling W/ B.J. Thomas

On the Road to Rock With Clint Switzer

Pop legend B.J. Thomas discusses his unbelievable journey in the music industry and the impact of songs like "Hooked on a Feeling" and "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head."

23mins

13 Nov 2020

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#111 - B.J. Thomas

Greatest Music of All Time

The legendary B.J. Thomas joins Tom again to talk about how he's been coping with life under lockdown, his memories of Elvis, working with Vince Gill and life as a sober man. This episode is brought to you by Lumie, the original inventors of wake-up lights, whose Bodyclock Luxe 750DAB wake-up light mimics a natural sunrise and sunset. Shown to improve quality of sleep and to boost productivity in clinical trials, this remarkable device also features high quality audio with DAB+ radio, Bluetooth speakers, USB port and a selection of over 20 sleep/wake sounds. The Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 750DAB can transform the way you start and end your day, especially if you struggle to wake up in the morning and/or get to sleep at night - it certainly did for me. Go to lumie.com to find out more. 

31mins

12 Oct 2020

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B.J. Thomas

Success Made to Last

Crossing genres, BJ Thomas is one of the most distinctive voices with hits like “Hooked on a Feeling” and “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.” To live my best version, I have tapped into blinkist.com. I'm getting a burst of micro learning from over 3000 books in their non fiction library. My favorites have been Super Thinking by Gabe Weinber and Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neal Postman. Take advantage of blinkist.com/success and save 25% on the subscription.

25mins

6 Oct 2020

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Grammy Winner B.J. Thomas on 50 Years of Hits and the Enduring Power of Raindrops

DreamPath Podcast

With over 70 million records sold, BJ Thomas is the artist behind classic hits like “Hooked on a Feeling”, Oscar-winner “Raindrops (Keep Falling on My Head)”, and (Hey Won’t You Play Another) Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song. With a total of Eight #1 hits, 26 top 10 singles, and 5 Grammy Awards, BJ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014. He has also been ranked by Billboard as one of the top 50 most played artists over the last 50 years.  What you will learn: What the music scene was like in Houston in the 1950s and 60s, what BJ’s first musical influences were, how BJ found his way into the pop and soul music scene, performing with acts like Jame Brown. [00:00-08:45] Why BJ focused on songs he connected with, what the collaborative process was like early in BJ’s career, and how he got his start musically in a high school band. [08:45-15:50] How BJ achieved his first big break as a performer, how he overcame stage-fright, and how he found a renewed sense of health and fulfillment by learning to balance family and work life. [15:50-26:34] What is was like performing at the Oscars, working with the iconic Burt Bacharach, coping with the talk-show circuit as an addict (including a shocking admission to Johnny Carson on a Tonight Show appearance), and why he took a break from interviews until he achieved sobriety. [26:34-36:52] How BJ looks to inspirational performers like Tony Bennett while striving to live a life of longevity and maintain relevance after decades in the spotlight. [36:52-45:17] What business mistakes he made, what he would do differently if he could do it all over again, and what BJ has learned from his mistakes; also, the drawback of digital music recording and streaming vs. traditional studio recording and record sales when it comes to artist collaboration and artist royalties. [45:17-58:20] Resources: BJ Thomas’ Website, YouTube, Twitter, & Facebook

58mins

2 Sep 2020

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B.J. Thomas

RPM45

B.J. Thomas has had an amazing career, with a decades-long string of hits, including eight #1 and 26 Top 10 hits in pop, country and gospel. He's a five-time time Grammy winner, a Grammy Hall of Fame inductee, and he won an Oscar as well for "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. But aside from his stellar career, B.J. Thomas is a man I came to like very much over the time we talked, and I think you will too. Among the topics we talked about are:Why he wanted to be an R&B singer.How he came to record "Raindrops..."The two versions of "Raindrops" he recorded -- including the "laryngitis version."How performing "Raindrops" on The Ed Sullivan Show was a "wet and wild" experience.How drug and alcohol problems led him to a career in gospel music.Why he left gospel and enjoyed country success in the early '80s.How he overcame his upbringing to appreciate and respect all different kinds of people.

28mins

26 Aug 2020

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B.J. Thomas and the 50th Anniversary of “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”

Dean Richards

It’s the 50th Anniversary of “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” by B.J. Thomas, and he joins the show to talk about some of his favorite highlights from his career over the years. B.J. and Dean discuss the hit single and its legacy, review some of his other greatest hits, and more. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3777021/3777021_2020-07-26-180121.64kmono.mp3

26 Jul 2020

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