Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 21, 2007
B.J. Thomas addresses Senate while his wife Gloria, Sen. Jeff
and Hugo Mayor Stan Payne look on.
Senate Honors Oklahoma Musician
The Oklahoma State Senate honored the life, accomplishments and
musical talent of Oklahoma native B.J. Thomas Wednesday.
"The one thing that struck me while looking on his website
and through all the information about him is that he always lists
Hugo, Oklahoma as his hometown. Wherever he’s gone and whatever
he’s accomplished throughout this world it’s always
been Oklahoma," said Senator Jeff
Rabon, author of Senate Resolution 8. "And I thought we've
got to show that we love our favorite sons and daughters, and we've
got to get them back here to show them our appreciation."
Rabon presented Thomas and his wife of nearly 40 years, Gloria,
with the senate resolution, which also designated February 21, 2007
as "B.J. Thomas Day" in Oklahoma.
"I'm very humbled and honored by everything that has happened
today. Senator Rabon has been the mover and shaker on this thing
and made sure it happened," said Thomas. "I guess all
the stars have aligned over Hugo, Oklahoma and I'm proud of that.
I'm very proud to be on this floor and in my home state. I love
Oklahoma and I love Hugo."
Billy Joe Thomas was born in Hugo, Oklahoma to Vernon and Geneva
Thomas. As a member of his high school and church choir, Thomas
was encouraged by his older brother Jerry to audition for the Texas
rock and roll band, "The Triumphs," and the rest is history.
To date, Thomas has sold over 70 million records, has had 15 top
40 pop/rock hits, ten top 40 country hits, five Grammys, two Dove
awards for Gospel recordings, and 15 Gold and Platinum records.
Some of his greatest hits include "Rain Drops Keep Falling
on My Head" and "Hooked on a Feeling." On his 30th
birthday, he became the 60th member of the Grand Ole Opry. Thomas
was also one of 43 Oklahoma artists selected to record the album
"Oklahoma Rising" which was released by the Oklahoma Centennial
Commission with proceeds going to Oklahoma's Habitat for Humanity.
"Amazing is the only way to describe this man. He is the only
artist ever to have a 'Song of the Year' on the pop, country and
gospel charts," Rabon said. "And not only is he a tremendous
musician, he's an outstanding humanitarian."
Thomas has devoted himself to several worthy causes including the
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Pathways to Spirit,
an organization helping to preserve the Native American traditions.
He also performed for the President at the 2006 Pageant of Peace
Before the resolution presentation, the Hugo Honors Choir, directed
by Rabon's aunt, Carla Rabon, welcomed Thomas to the Chamber with
a special rendition of "Hooked on a Feeling." The Mayor
of Hugo, Stan Payne, along with City Manager Tom Pence, then presented
Thomas with a proclamation from the city congratulating him for
his accomplishments and making him honorary mayor on February 21.
Following the presentation of SR 8, a reception was held in the
Senate Lounge where Thomas signed autographs and posed for pictures.
For more information contact:
Senator Rabon's Office - (405) 521-5614