Ben Hathorne was a Corrales native who grew up singing in the boys choir in elementary school, playing drums in the Cibola High School marching band and then UNM marching band. Growing up Ben was influenced by his uncle who played guitar and taught him to play a few chords and Ben was hooked. He loved music, and wanted to learn every and all instruments and did so effortlessly.
In 1993 Ben Hathorne and Jason Daniello formed an acoustic duo act playing at coffee houses around the Albuquerque area. Then quickly moved on to play the Fat Chance Bar and Grill where they gained popularity and a bigger following. Jason and Ben's harmonious voices added with catchy upbeat songs and crazy charismatic personalities made this duo a local favorite that earned them the nick name «the Indigo Boys». It wasn't long before they decided to add two members to the group, Jeff Romanuik on drums and Kelly Fagan on bass which became the band NAOMI. Once this happened, their popularity grew, playing different venues, from the Dingo Bar, to Brewster's Pub, Launchpad and many others. They also made regular local TV and radio appearances along with participating in the weekly Alibi downtown crawl.
NAOMI released two CDs, «Hurts» and «World Spinning». When the band disbanded in 1999, Ben went on to form The Hopefuls and Jason went on to form Jason and the Argonauts. Jeff and Kelly joined each project along with other side projects.
In July 2017 we lost our beloved fellow musician Ben Hathorne. A beautiful soul lost way too soon.He is remembered by his family members surviving him are his mother, Susan M. Hathorne, sister Lorinda Rachell Hathorne, and niece, Sophia Naomi Hathorne, Aunt Liz and Uncle J.D. Mills of St. Louis, MO, Uncle Wallace and Aunt Pat Collins of Norman, OK, Aunt Kathy Corbett, of Tulsa, OK, and Uncle Clarence Jr. and Kaylan Collins of Ardmore, OK, Uncle Merle Dean Hawthorne, of Utah; special cousins: Libby, Marnie, CJ, Skip, Greg and Mike who shared his love of music, plus large numbers of Hathorne / Hawthorne and Collins family members. At last, Ben, you are pain-free… Those close ones gone before you, your Dad, Bob Hathorne, Grandmothers, Lois E. Collins and Martha Hathorne await you.
Please join Jason Daniello, Kelly Fagan with fellow musician's Ryan Martino, Upton Ethelbah, Marty York with special performances by Amy Clinkscales, Cara Tolino, Melissa Schultz and many others.
This is a time for us to gather together and remember by paying tribute, sharing music, stories and memories of our dear friend Ben Hathorne. Jason and fellow musicians will perform songs that Ben wrote with Naomi and the Hopefuls he so dearly loved and many more.
There will be a limited supply of The Hopefuls PRYPEE CD for sale on this evening. All proceeds from this evening will go to assist Ben's family.
If you would like to donate to assist Ben's family. There will be a drop box available at the show and or you can donate online with a credit or debit card using the link below: