This post originally appears on The Lab NYC

5 Time Grammy winner B.J. Thomas is one of the greats in music history. With over 70 million albums sold, numerous timeless hits, and countless awards, Billboard states it right in their latest review of his new album “The Living Room Sessions” featuring duets with singing partners Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, Keb’ Mo’ and Richard Marx, among others:

“It goes without saying that B.J. Thomas is one of music’s most versatile voices of all time. He’s had success with pop, gospel, A/C, and country over the years. So, it’s no surprise that his influence has cut a wide path over each of those formats. His new disc, “The Living Room Sessions,” features duet performances with artists from many different genres. Thomas told Billboard that the idea to re-record his hits was something that he has long resisted. The impact of “Raindrops” – originally from “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” is one that the singer still feels over four decades later – though it almost didn’t happen. That was a life-changing record for me. I look it as a privilege to have been able to do it. We cut it in September 1969. There were a lot of problems surrounding the song, and some of the producers and actors in the movie didn’t want a song in it. Robert Redford was one of them. They meant for it to be an Avant garde art film, which it was different for its’ time. For whatever reasons – probably Burt Bacharach being such a great composer and Hal David being an equally great lyricist, it worked, and it became a very big record.”

Here “The King Of Kamelot” chats #InTheLab via Spreecast with music legend and ground breaker B.J. Thomas right after his great performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to talk about his incredible new album “The Living Room Sessions”, working with some of the biggest names in music for 5 decades, how fame has changed from era to era, what current artist he would love to work with, and so much more!

Here is the legend himself performing “Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: