Fans can now own the personal belongings of late country/gospel/pop artist B.J. Thomas. Curated by Rockology and overseen by the B.J. Thomas Estate, Items that were personal to B.J. Thomas are now for sale. You can now purchase Thomas' Rolex watches, signed baseballs, guitars, awards, personal letters including one from President Reagan, and various other items. The sale, which is live now at www.rockology-estates.com, will add new items weekly.
"The hardest thing for me was losing the love of my life, B.J., my honeyman," says Gloria Thomas. "Now, working with a team of people, we are placing items of B.J.'s in museums and are working to keep his legacy and memory alive. Doing this sale will also allow many of his loyal fans the chance to have a piece of history and memorabilia that normally wouldn't be available to them. I can't take everything with me, so I must downsize and the best way to keep B.J.'s memory alive is to share his stuff with the fans."
Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than B.J. Thomas. With his smooth, rich voice and unerring song sense, Thomas's expansive career crossed multiple genres, including country, pop, and gospel, earning him CMA, Dove, and Grammy awards and nominations since his emergence in the 1960s.
Like many successful pop/rock artists, Thomas fell into drugs and battled substance abuse. His wife Gloria became a born-again Christian and the turning point in Thomas' life came when he became a believer in 1976. He immediately quit drugs and found an avenue for expressing his faith in gospel music. Thomas signed with Myrrh Records and released the album Home Where I Belong in 1976. Produced by Chris Christian, the project won Thomas a Grammy and became the first of two Dove Award wins. The album became the first gospel record to sell a million copies. The warmth and emotional timbre of Thomas's voice was well suited to the genre and he became one of gospel music's most successful artists. His rendition of "Amazing Grace" is considered one of the most poignant of the classic hymn's many covers.