Spongetones drummer, Rob Thorne, became a member of the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame on October 17, 2013 when the Catalinas were inducted in a ceremony at the Gem Theater in Kannapolis, North Carolina. 700 people were in attendance.
Formed in 1957 and continuing to perform today, the Catalinas have had more than 60 musicians and vocalists as members. Rob was their 8th drummer.
"It has been a pleasure to know and make music with Rob for more than 34 years. He is truly one of the greats!"
- Pat Walters
Prior to the Catalinas, no regional group had ever been considered for the North Carolina Hall of Fame. “I felt that the Catalinas should be the first because the original recording Catalinas who we’re inducting precede virtually every other group. And there’s a long line that went on to have careers of their own,” said Bill Kopald, Hall board Chairman.
Rob is one such person. He began playing with the Catalinas in 1960 and ultimately became a founding member of the Spongetones in 1980.
"I'm so proud of Boom Boom, my Spongetones brother, for being honored like this. He is a master of his craft, and it's a joy playing with him."
- Steve Stoeckel
Over a hundred fellow musicians and friends gathered at Charlotte's Comet Grill on October 20, 2013 to celebrate with Rob. Rob's Spongebrothers showed up to help in the celebration.
View a picture gallery of the induction ceremony and The Spongetones playing at Rob's After Glow party.
Read the news article in the Charlotte Observer.