Today’s Red Bank oRBit features an interview with one of the most accomplished performers you’ve likely never heard of — a vocalist, writer and globetrotting musical ambassador who’s sung for presidents, starred on Broadway, written songs for Streisand by personal request, and even manged to collaborate with the late great Cole Porter.


As we point out, if Ann Hampton Callaway (right) isn’t quite a household name here, we’re probably just going to need a bigger household to contain all that talent. Callaway (who wrote and sang the theme song to TV’s The Nanny — there’s a point of reference for you! — comes to the Jersey Shore for the first time this Thursday night with a recently-added show at  Tim McLoone’s in Asbury Park. We’re on the scene, natch, to find out everything, including how she got De Niro to do it 50 times, and how she made Gorbachev cry.

On the other end of the musical spectrum, we remind you about a guy whose Great American Songbook skews more to the John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley side of things — George Thorogood, who invades Red Bank’s Basie Thursday night with his Delaware Destroyers, plus 30-plus years of gear-grinding bluesblast favorites and that guitar sound that’s guaranteed to peel the gold-leaf paint off the most genteel of renovated 80 year old auditoriums.

It’s a flute of champagne, with a bourbon/scotch/beer chaser, right here in Red Bank oRBit!