Robert F. "Bob" Bain (born January 26, 1924 in Chicago , died July 3, 2018 ) was an American studio and jazz musician and arranger , Peter Gunn and Tonight Show

Bain came to Los Angeles in the 1930s, where he finished his education. After graduation, he worked as a professional musician, first in the trio of Joe Wolverton, the mentor of Les Paul . Bain played in 1943 with Freddie Slack , with the first recordings made in 1944 in the band of Tommy Dorsey , for which he also arranged. In 1946 he moved to Bob Crosby , before he founded his own band, San Fernando Playboys . In the post-war years he worked with André Previn , Peggy Lee , Nat King Cole ("Unforgettable"), Sammy Davis Junior , Billie Holiday (" God Bless the Child ", 1950), Harry James , Herb Jeffries , Billy Eckstine and Frank Sinatra , on whose recordings for Capitol Records he participated. ( I've Got Under My Skin ). From the late 1950s, Bain was primarily employed as an arranger and session musician for RCA, Capitol and other labels; so he worked u. a. in recordings by Martin Denny , Mahalia Jackson , Matt Monro and Gene Vincent . For Capitol, he also played a number of instrumental numbers on singles ("Fender Bender") and LPs under his own name, stylistically oriented to popular styles of pop and rock & roll. With his brass ensemble (including Al Porcino , Don Fagerquist , Manny Klein , Milt Bernhard , Pete Candoli , Ray Triscari , Vern Friley ), he accompanied 1964 Junior Mance . In 1959 he was involved in Henry Mancini's film music to Peter Gunn . He is also heard in the soundtracks to television series like Bonanza , Smoking Colts , M * A * S * H , Cobra, Take Over, and Dick Rockford - Just Call . He worked u. a. also with Elmer Bernstein , Lalo Schifrin , Billy May , Shelly Manne and played for 22 years in Doc Severinsen 's Tonight Show Band . Bain performed until the 2010s, most recently in 2015 with John Pisano . In the field of jazz he was involved between 1943 and 2008 in 210 recording sessions.

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