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Bob Bain

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Born: January 26, 1924    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Bob Bain earned his place as the number one guitarist for many Hollywood studios in the 1950s and ’60s. He played on countless jingles, albums, and soundtracks for television and movies. There were also many years of live radio.

Records by Frank Sinatra, including “Young At Heart” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, featured Bain on guitar, as did records with his favorite male vocalist, Nat King Cole including “Unforgettable”. He also played on albums by Mel Torme, Peggy Lee, and Rosemary Clooney.

In the ’70s, a young, talented crowd of guitarists raised their axes and slowly began to dominate. Bain continued to record, write, arrange, produce and for 22 years he held the guitar chair for one of the greatest television orchestras of all time “ The Tonight Show Band. Through the years, Bain’s talent, respect, and generosity opened the doors for many other studio guitarists, arrangers, and musicians....
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Tonight Show Band
Doc Severinsen
Amherst
1986


Music from Peter Gunn
Henry Mancini
Buddha
1999


Music from Mr. Lucky
Henry Mancini
BMG
2000


The Pink Panther
Henry Mancini
Sony
2001


Breakfast At Tiffany's
Henry Mancini
RCA
1961


Charade
Henry Mancini
RCA
1963


The Great Race
Henry Mancini
Mancini Soundtracks
2001


Days of Wine and Roses
Henry Mancini
RCA
1995


Soundtrack from Hatari
Henry Mancini
RCA
2004


How The West Was Won
Alfred Newman
MGM
2005


Magnificent Seven
Elmer Berstein
Rykodisc
1998


High Plains Drifter
Dee Barton
Warner Bros
1993


Hud
Elmer Berstein
Warner Bros
1963


Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
Burt Bacharach
Paramount
1969


Bonanza
David Rose
Paramount
1961


Batman
Neal Hefti
20th Century Fox
1997


The Munsters
Jack Marshall
MCA
1964


Gunsmoke
Bernard Hermann
CBS
1964


Mission: Impossible
Lalo Schifrin
CBS
1966


M.A.S.H
Johnny Madel
20th Century Fox
1964


Bye Bye Birdy
Johnny Green
Sony
2003


Dr.Zhivago
Maurice Jarre
Rhino
1995


Hello Dolly
Jerry Herman
Phillips
1994

As Side Musican



Martinis With Mancini
Henry Mancini
RCA
1997


Mancini '67(The Big Band Sound)
Henry Mancini
RCA
2002


The Blues and the Beat
Henry Mancini
RCA
1998


Combo
Henry Mancini
RCA
1998


Que Sera Sera
Doris Day
Bear Family
1996


Come on a My House
Rosemary Clooney
Bear Family
1996


Unforgettable
Nat King Cole
EMI
2000


I've Got You Under My Skin
Frank Sinatra
RCA
1998

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Bain played a blond Gibson L-5 with high action because its sound cut through the orchestra. He recorded several albums using his workhorse, the Gibson Charlie Christian model. A 1953 Telecaster did the bulk of his film work. For jazz the Gibson ES-175. Acoustically Bain used the Yamaha 12-string and a Martin gut-string, a Rodriguez for classical work. Also in his stable a Silvertone bass and a 1935 Gibson L-5. His amplifiers consisted of a Fender Twin, a Benson and a Fender Princeton Reverb. Effects were a fuzzbox and a wah wah pedal.

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