by Greg Allard

Rob Thorne started drumming professionally at the age of 12. At 69 now and still going strong, he is working on his 58th year in the music business. His father, Bob Thorne, was a trumpet player with Les Brown and the Band of Renown, The Isham Jones Orchestra, The Buddy Rogers Big Band, and shared the stage with Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra and Doris Day when she was 15.

Rob has played with Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, the Shirelles, Little Eva who did Locomotion, and many many others throughout the years. images-1He’s being inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in October for being the drummer of the band the Catalinas, but he is perhaps best known for being a founding member and and still drummer with the highly successful power pop band the Spongetones, who are the featured artist of the week on Power Pop Portal. My interview with Rob about the Spongetones, who are a British-invasion group from Charlotte, can be heard on the show this Sunday night at 10 ET on If you miss the show, you can hear it archived at

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