Gas Pump Jockeys, the local oldies band, could just as easily have gone the way of gas-pump jockeys, the job: fading into the past.

Gas Pump Jockeys, the local oldies band, could just as easily have gone the way of gas-pump jockeys, the job: fading into the past.

After 20-plus years of performing songs from the 1950s, '60s and '70s, the handwriting appeared to be on the wall for the venerable group of performers when two longtime members retired in 2014 for health reasons, according to lead vocalist Pat McLoughlin of Reynoldsburg.

Rick Brown, nicknamed "The Rumble Man," took over as the new bass player while Mike Losekamp of Galloway came on board to play keyboards.

That lineup didn't last for long, according to McLoughlin.

Brown, 57, suffered a heart attack June 15 and died in a one-car crash on state Route 161 in Licking County.

"It was horrific," McLoughlin said. "It was really hard on us at so many levels."

The Gas Pump Jockeys fulfilled contracts with the help of four different bass players.

"The four of us ... all came together and knew we had these contracts we had to honor and knew we had a responsibility," McLoughlin said.

"We all had to step right up, and we had to call on friends in the music business. I've got to give a lot of credit to a lot of the band members. It showed our unity."

The other members of the Gas Pump Jockeys are lead guitarist Don White of Grove City and drummer Scott Langley of West Jefferson.

Band members now have decided to keep pumping out their classic rock and roll by settling on Mike "Roscoe" Rousculp of Tipp City as the replacement for Brown.

Rousculp will make his public debut as the newest member of the Gas Pump Jockeys when the band performs its annual holiday show Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Gillie Community Senior Center, 2100 Morse Centre Road in Columbus.

"This is really a coming-out party, I guess you'd call it," said Rousculp, a musician since 1965. "It should be fun."

The doors of the senior center will open at 5 p.m. for line dancing before the show starts at 7 p.m., McLoughlin said.

Tickets for Rockin' the Holidays are $12 and are available at gaspumpjockeys.com/web.

"Every year for the last four years, we've put on a Christmas project," he added. "It's something different from our traveling show. We take a lot of classic songs and give them a rock 'n' roll feel that gives them a different feel for the audience. There's also a lot of humor ... as we involved audience members throughout the show.

"We started it four years ago, and never thought down the line we'd be doing it four years later."