In 1972, Bobby’s big break came after re-locating to Laurel, Mississippi, replacing drummer Keith Thibodeaux who had just left ‘David & the Giants’.
The following year, Bobby T joined ‘Paper Steamboat’. Steamboat was a precursor to the now legendary group, ‘Thunderhead’. Numerous big name artists also jammed with them when they were in town. One such legendary notable was Johnny Winter, who was a big fan of Thunderhead. With the help of Johnny and Edgar Winter they were signed to ABC/Dunhill Records in 1974.
In 1976, Bobby replaced Tommy Aldridge in Black Oak Arkansas. He also began the first of two stints with fellow New Haven native Michael Bolton. At the time, Michael’s career was exploding with two new RCA albums. Bobby was also touring extensively with Johnny Winter opening for Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, Ted Nugent, and ZZ Top. He also recorded two albums with Johnny Winter on Blue Sky Records – ‘White, Hot & Blue’ in 1978, and ‘Raisin’ Cain’ in 1980. Bobby also recorded an album with Jefferson Starship’s Grace Slick, 1981’s ‘Welcome to the Wrecking Ball’ on RCA.
When not on tour with Johnny Winter, he kept busy gigging with Michael Bolton, appearing in two MTV music videos – Everybody’s Crazy, and Fool’s Game. The Bolton tour also found Bobby sharing the stage with numerous other celebrities including… Bob Seger, Cyndi Lauper, Electric Light Orchestra, George Thorogood, Robert Palmer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and .38 Special.
Bobby T’s All Stars features Bobby Torello on drums, Grammy award winning bass player Scott Spray, and Ryan Newman on guitar.