Remembering Bobby Thomas (1936-2012)

Local Vocalist and founding father of that classic R&B sound associated with Asbury Park’s West Side, Bobby Thomas, passed away on Thursday morning due to complications with his diabetes.  Thomas’ croon carried him all the way to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995 as a member of the Baltimore, MD-based R&B collective The Orioles, a group credited as the pioneers of the Doo-Wop sound.

Thomas’ impact on Asbury Park would come later on when he would found The Vibranaires, the city’s first R&B group and leader of a scene that would influence some of the Boardwalk’s favorite sons.

Check out Thomas performing the classic Orioles tune “Crying In The Chapel” at The Wonder Bar on April 3rd 2011 below:


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Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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