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Grease in my Gravy

by Bobby Thursby W/Arthur Walton

Wickly Soulful Blues And R&B
Genre: Blues: Texas Style
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1. Miss Rudolph
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2. I Want to Thank You
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3. Grease in My Gravy
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4. Pick My Lock
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5. Sometimey Women
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6. Tin Pan Alley
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7. What a Women Needs
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8. Ain't That Sweet
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9. I'll Play the Blues For You
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
bby Thursby: Bio
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!

Arthur Walton - Lead Guitarist
Born in Hartford Ct. Arthur Walton began his journey as a drummer, exploring rock & roll of the late 60's & early 70's. Arthur grew up in a musical home where his mother was a music teacher in the Connecticut public school system and taught privately at home. In 1971 he studied drums, percussion, composition and theory at the Hartt College of Music and toured with the award-winning "Hall High School Jazz Band". He recorded his first record with them called "Pop & All That Jazz" produced by Columbia Records. Arthur hooked up with Electronic Music Labs in Vernon, Connecticut conducting demonstration clinics on the first guitar synthesizer called the "Syntar" which was developed by John McLaughlin and Electronic Music Labs. Clinics included demonstrations to Rick Derringer, Pat Martino, Vic Juris and the heads of Kaman International, distributors of Ovation guitars.In 1973 Arthur studied privately with Chuck Wayne and Pat Martino which included extensive studies in harmony, theory, modern guitar techniques and jazz improvisation. In 1980 Arthur moved to Norway as a studio musician and commercial songwriter doing spots on Norwiegian radio NRK. He also toured Europe with a commercial dance band called "Data". In 1984 Arthur attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Califonia. He studied with Frank Gambale (Chick Corea) and graduated in 1985. From 1985- 1987 he taught music privately as well as touring with a band featuring Norwiegian bassist Are Skisland. In 1987 Arthur returned to the states and got a job with Whole Life Promotions in Los Angeles, California. He recorded two records; one with Chuck Jonkey Called "Ah Ma Ta Teh" written for Lynn Andrews, a writer and clinician for Harper & Row publications and the other "Spoken Under the Moon and Stars". In 1992 Arthur started Samurai Music Productions Inc. where he has recorded his latest two releases "Configurations" & "Shades of Blue".


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Chris Aguinaldo

Bobby Thursby is as good as gold
A Kapolei musician recently got a shiny gold record to hang on his wall-for a "doo-wop"ditty he sang more than 40 years ago."It feels good"said Bobby Thursby with a playful smile.Over four decades ago,he was one of the singers in the Velvets,who scored a Top 10 hit with "Tonight (could be the night),"considered one of the earliest singles featuring the genre-defining "doo-wop" chant.That single was on Rhino Record's landmark 1994 collection, "The Doo Wop Box," that the Recording Industry Association of America recently certified has sold over 500,000 units.The feat warrants a gold record."I couldn't believe it," said Thursby,pointing at the framed plaque adorning his Kapolei living room."It's very surprising." On a more current note,the musician has just released "Grease in My Gravy" on the Samurai Records Label,a tasty CD drenched in soul.The native Texan has been a stalwart performer in Hawaii's music scene,known for his distinctive keyboards and voice.He credits soul legend Sam Cooke as a musical influence,Another fellow Texan,famous for an operatic and hauntingly heart-wrenching voice,was instrumental in Thursby's musical career."Roy Orbison was a friend,"he said" i knew Roy before he became famous." Orbison loved the Velvets,Thursby recalls. So when the"Oh Pretty Women" crooner made it big, Orbison remembered the singing group and invited its members to see his record producer, Fred Foster of Monument Records.Soon,the Velvets crammed into a studio to belt out,"Tonight (could be the Night)."It would be as good as gold 40 years later. "I knew right then what I'd be doing the rest of my life,"Thursby declared.After the Velvets,he traveled and played with various jazz and blues groups,before settling in Hawaii in 1978.But the project he's most proud of is his first studio release, "Grease in my Gravy."The title track's paean to luscious,good-old-fashioned cookin'-with mentions of ham hocks short ribs and pig's feet in its lyrics-is apt for an album lovingly simmered in rhythm and blues.He called working on the CD with Hawaii-based collaborator,guitarist and engineer Arthur Walton very satisfying."I'm getting ready for the next one," Thursby said.



Heard Bobbie for the first time at the Windward Jazz Festival and needed to get his CD. Great addition to my collection.

Billboard World Song Contest

Only the highest quality songs make it to the top.
Bobby Thursby And Arthur Walton

Thank you for entering the 13th Billboard World Song Contest.This letter is to express our congratulations on your songs' success "I Want To Thank You" by placing in the Honorable Mention category.This is guite an accomplishment considering the quality of this year's entries.You are obviously writing at a high level.Placing in the TOP 1500 IN THE WORLD!!!!! Only the highest quality songs make it to the top.This honor demonstrates the talent and dedication it takes to write a "Hit Song"

Honolulu Star Bulletin

That Bobby Thursby With Arthur Walton is the REAL THING!
There are a good number of musicians around town who play the blues or ciassic rock R&B("soul music").Many are sincere acolytes and creditable disciples who do there best to sound like they grew up with it.That Bobby Thursby is the real thing is evident throughout this long awaited album of unpretentious down-home soul music.It's the music that Thursby grew up playing way back before the mainstream media coined the term"soul music'He plays it well.The title song offers a humorous look at male-female relationships:She wants her man eating tofu and nuts,he wants grease in his gravy,fatback and cornbread.Sad but true,some soul food staples are'nt healthy choices.Thursby addresses that conundrum in fine style.Other songs also view love from a humorous perspective.Like,what's a player to do when he's so bewhitched by a women that he can't even talk to other women without stuttering like a fool? There are conventional love songs as well.Thursby celebrates the wonder of finding true love with"I Want 2 Thank You" and philosophizes on the issues of trust and commitment with "Pick My Lock."Both songs have the uneven rhyme patterns of old-style blues narratives.Some local artists would try using this pattern for effect and end up sounding like posers.Thursby does it naturally and everything works.Hawaii residents with a taste for authentic old-school soul will welcome Thursby's "Grease"

Tenzin

Righteous!
A sexy, down-home, toe-taping CD, "Miss Rudolph" "Grease In My Gravy" Sometimy Woman" and the I'll Play the Blues for You Reprise." Two great musicians and a great CD all around.