Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head

B.J. Thomas

“Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head” was featured in the 1969 film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

It was written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach. Singer Ray Stevens was first offered to record the song, but turned it down so he could record Kris Kristofferson’s song “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” Bob Dylan was also approached to record the song, but he also reportedly declined.

The song was recorded in seven takes after Burt Bacharach was dissatisfied with the first six takes.

In the film version of the song, B.J. Thomas was recovering from laryngitis at the time which made his voice sound hoarser than in the 7-inch single version. That version is included in the film’s soundtrack under the name “On a Bicycle Built for Joy”.

The song topped the charts in the United States, Canada, Norway, and South Africa. It was also moderately successful in other countries.

It won an Academy Award for “Best Original Song” and in 2004, it finished at #23 on AFI’s “100 Years…100 Songs” survey of top songs in American cinema.