Bobby Thursby - Lead Vocals,Keyboards
Bobby began singing as a teenager in his hometown Odessa Texas, at Blackshear High School. Here he began singing and playing with a group called the Velvets. They were lucky that Roy Orbison heard them one day and took them to Nashville where they cut their first record, and later a hit “Tonight Could Be the Night”, that was to become number eight in the nation. The Velvets went on to record several other songs, four of which were written by Roy Orbison. In May 2000, the Velvets were called upon to go to Pittsburgh PA to tape a nationally televised TV show “Doo Wop 51”that aired in November on PBS. Some of the bands he shares the show with are headliners like the Shirells, the Chiffons, Louis Lymon & the Teenagers, the Drifters, the Coasters, the Dells, Don & Juan, Jerry Butler & Betty Everette and many more from that era.
After High School Bobby moved on to a band the B-29ers his first blues band and they landed a gig in Anchorage, Alaska. They lasted a few years, but Bobby returned to Texas, not for long before he moved on to Denver where he met up with a bunch of jazz and blues musicians where he began working with various bands as a singer. Bobby returned again to the cold North in Alaska and started singing with the Gordon Sims Jazz group, which he played with until the cold got to him and Hawaii called. In 1978 his vacation turned into his location and here he has been ever since. In 1985 he formed a band called the Blues Bandits and they played the local circuit for a number of years until they disbanded. During these years he was a key member of the Honolulu Blues Society and was involved in a large Blues show where he is featured on a CD that was cut as part of the show. He began playing with a new band Night Train and developed a real following at the Honolulu venue “ Sand Island R&B” nightclub until it was sold. Bobby is currently playing with Night Train at Aloha Tower at Gordon Biersch and Kapono’s, Also he plays at the Hawaii Yacht clubs. He was recently featured at Hawaii Theatre International Jazz Festival’s, Ray Charles Tribute.
Bobby has a unique style of singing and playing that is not commonly encountered. Before the end of this year he will be releasing a new CD called “Grease in My Gravy in which a number of original songs are featured. He teamed with guitarist/ engineer Arthur Walton for this latest project and what a team they make! Coming Soon!