by Jim LaDiana

Bob Bain

His name may be unfamiliar to even the most shrewd audiophile and TV/movie buff, but his clean, economic, and tasteful guitar style has filled the ears and hearts of millions. Bob Bain was there when the guitar slowly emerged from its status as a rhythm instrument to a viable, natural, melodic voice.

The  Silent Giant

The Freddie Slack Band

The  Big Band Era

After continuing to work around town awhile, Bob joined the Freddie Slack Band. In 1940, Slack's band released a string of these boogie-woogie tunes that became hits: “Rock-A-Bye Boogie," “Scrub Me, Mama, With A Boogie Beat," and “Fry Me, Cookie, With A Can of Lard." Their biggest hit “Beat Me, Daddy, Eight To The Bar" sold over 100,000 copies for Columbia Records.

During his stint with Slack, Bain met, and befriended, two other musicians also destined for fame: Barney Kessel and Barney Bigard.

Bain performed on a number of radio shows in the late’ 40s and early’ 50s.

Radio         Days

Hit Records




Guitar Cinema




Film Themes

The Bain/Mancini combination was a perfect musical match, making it common for them to see each other two or three times a week. With the “Mancini Magic" becoming more and more embraced by the masses, a series of his classic melodies were associated with as many classic films.

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