East Haven native Bobby T Torello, who’s driven the sound of bands featuring Michael Bolton, Jefferson Starship’s Grace Slick, and the iconic fleet-fingered bluesman Johnny Winter, will be inducted into the New England Music Hall of Fame, one of 10 individuals to join the inaugural class.
The event, originally scheduled for March 26, has been postponed to June 25.
It’s just the latest honor for Torello, who’s unleashed his considerable talent at music venues up and down the Shoreline and around the state since 1995 as part of Branford’s Sin Sisters Band, among other groups.
In 2017, he received a permanent place in the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in recognition “of his important contributions as one of music’s great drummers,” joining such immortals as Buddy Rich, Ringo Starr, John Bonham, and Keith Moon.
These days, he’s playing with Bobby T’s All-Stars, alongside up-and-coming blues guitarist Ryan Newman and Grammy-winning bass player Scott Spray. He’s also the drummer for The Namedroppers, the group of the late bandleader Charlie Karp, with bluesmen Rafe Klein, Spray, and Ron Rifkin. And with the Jay Willie Blues Band, he recently released Cadillac Walk on Zoho Records.
That’s not counting his role as ambassador-artist for the world-class WFLIII drum company, and artist endorsement deals with Amedia Cymbals and Hume and Berg road cases.
“It’s great to be recognized for contributions to music other than drumming,” said the seemingly ageless Torello, who will be honored along with co-founder and lead guitarist of Fanny, June Millington; Beehive Queen Christine Ohlman; Joe Cocker and Robert Palmer guitarist Cliff Goodwin; and guitarist Jimi Bell, among others.
“Every ounce of mental and physical energy goes into my performing, whether it’s drumming or singing, and it doesn’t matter if it’s for four people or 40 or 40,000,” said Torello, who’s also well-known for his finely honed songwriting chops. “It never will.”
The inaugural New England Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony and concert will be held at 7 pm on Thursday, March 26 at The Phoenix, 215 Liberty St, Pawcatuck. Tickets are available at Eventbrite, www.eventbrite.com/d/united-states--connecticut/new-england-music-hall-of-fame/ or at the door.
The event is a fundraiser for music pioneer Jean Millington to help with medical bills.