VAN WERT — How do you classify B.J. Thomas? Is he a country music artist? He’s got that hit, “(Hey, Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.”
But then there’s “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” from the movie, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” which won the 1970 Academy Award for Best Song. That puts him solidly in the pop camp.
Oh, wait, don’t forget “Home Where I Belong” from 1976, the first Christian music album to go platinum.
It appears the best way to classify five-time Grammy Award winner B.J. Thomas is the way Billboard Magazine does: one of the top 50 most played artists of the last 50 years. The genre-busting Thomas brings his smooth vocal style and a grab-bag of chart-topping songs Saturday to Niswonger Performing Arts Center.
Unlike his 2013 release, “The Living Room Sessions,” Thomas will not be offering “unplugged” interpretations of his hits. His singing will be accompanied by the lush sounds of the Lima Symphony Orchestra.
“Performing a concert like this is really fun for our musicians, many of whom grew up listening to B.J. Thomas,” said LSO’s CEO, Elizabeth Brown. “This is a great release for us, but at the same time, a wonderful chance to perform with a really talented musician and to show the audience some of our own range. Our musicians are classically trained, but they can, and do, rock.”
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