Sunday, 24 January 2016

Death Of The Day Jimmy Bain Rainbow, Dio 68 January 24, 2016 Cause of death is unknown

Jimmy Bain

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Jimmy Bain
Jimmy Bain.jpg
Bain in Sacramento, California. 2 August 1983
Photo: Dana Wullenwaber
Background information
Birth nameJames Stewart Bain
Born19 December 1947
NewtonmoreHighland, Scotland
Died24 January 2016 (aged 68)
GenresHard rockblues rockheavy metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsBass, guitar, keyboards, vocals
Years active1974–2016
Associated actsRainbowPhil LynottWild HorsesGary MooreDio,Hear 'n AidIan HunterJohn CaleLast in Line
James Stewart Bain (19 December 1947 – 24 January 2016) was a Scottish bass guitarist best known for playing in the bandsRainbow and Dio with Ronnie James Dio.[1] He also worked with Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott, co-writing on his solo albums.
Bain was born in NewtonmoreHighland, in Scotland, and played in several provincial amateur bands as a young teen. His parents and younger brothers relocated to Vancouver, Canada. By this point he was playing professionally in Street Noise. However, he did join his family for a brief stay in Canada. Before returning to Scotland, getting his band Harlot and then hitting the London music scene, Bain joined Harlot in early 1974, after turning down a job with The Babys.
Bain was asked to join Rainbow after Ritchie Blackmore had watched him performing at The Marquee in London. He recorded the studio album Rising with them and played on their following world tour. While on the tour, he played on Rainbow's first live album, On Stage. In January 1977, Bain was sacked from the band. He then toured Europe with John Cale.

Wild Horses

In the summer of 1978, Bain formed a band called Wild Horses. Jimmy was the lead vocalist, songwriter, as well as bassist for the band, which also included ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson, drummer Clive Edwards (Pat TraversUli Jon Roth's Electric Sun) and guitarist Neil Carter (who went on to UFO and Gary Moore). Wild Horses released two albums on EMI in Europe, Wild Horses(1980) and Stand Your Ground (1981), the latter featuring John Lockton (ex-The Next Band) in place of Carter, before Robertson and Edwards both left in June of 1981. Robertson joined Motörhead the following year while Edwards joined former Whitesnakeguitarist Bernie Marsden's S.O.S.
Bain regrouped Wild Horses as a five-piece with ex-Lautrec members Reuben Archer (vocals) and Laurence Archer (guitar), andThe Next Band's Frank Noon (drums), but they disbanded shortly after. Jimmy then worked with the former Family main-man Roger ChapmanRoy HarperGary Moore, and Kate Bush (on 1982's The Dreaming).
Bain co-wrote with his close friend Phil Lynott for the Lizzy man's two solo albums. A keyboard player as well as a bassist, he toured the material playing keyboards with Lynott's band. Their song, "Old Town" was re-recorded by The Corrs in 1999, and became a big hit world wide.
Bain was also secretly brought in by the German hard rockers Scorpions to provide bass on their 1984 album Love at First Sting. The leader of the band, the rhythm guitarist Rudolf Schenker, wanted him to join the Scorpions as full-time bassist, but their management wanted to keep the line-up German, so Francis Buchholz was brought back and Bain's bass tapes were deleted.[citation needed]


In 1983, Bain linked up again with ex-Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio for the band Dio. A central figure within Dio, Bain co-wrote some of the most successful heavy metal songs of the eighties, such as "Rainbow in the Dark", and "Holy Diver". These two were on their first album Holy Diver (1983). Bain co-wrote several other songs for the following albums, The Last in Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1985), Intermission (1986), Dream Evil(1987) and Killing the Dragon (2002).[2]
In the mid-1980s, when the entertainment community became active in drawing attention to world charities, Bain founded Hear 'n Aid, a foundation in which he could involve the rock community to help eliminate world hunger. He also co-wrote the song, "Stars," with Vivian Campbell and Ronnie James Dio, which became the Heavy Rock world's answer to "We Are The World". "Stars" provided a major contribution to the famine relief charity appeal. Bain donated all of his shares of the proceeds to one of his favourite charities, Children of the Night.[citation needed]
In autumn 1989, Bain formed a band with vocalist Mandy Lion called World War III. After their 1990 eponymous debut album, the band floundered. Bain's solo project The Keyutilised a far more melodic and commercial approach. Guitarist on the project was Tracy G, borrowed from Dio's band, who was also the guitarist for World War III.
Ronnie James Dio's concept project Magica (2000) saw the return of Jimmy Bain to the Dio story. Bain played on the albums Magica and Killing the Dragon.
In 2005, Bain again joined forces with former Black Sabbath and Dio drummer, Vinny Appice, for two projects, The Hollywood All Starz and 3 Legged Dogg. While the Hollywood All Starz performed live concerts featuring greatest hits sets of the individual members, (Carlos Cavazo of Quiet Riot was another notable member of the band), 3 Legged Dogg produced a well received album of original material. In an interview with journalist, David Lee Wilson, Bain lamented Appice's ultimate choice to leave both these groups so that he could tour with Ronnie James Dio in the Black Sabbath offshoot, Heaven and Hell.

Later life

Bain toured with Hollywood Allstarz, a supergroup featuring a variety of 80s metal stars. The group has included former members of GiuffriaQuiet Riot, and Lynch Mob.
The band Last in Line was put together in 2013 comprising Bain, Viv Campbell, Vinny Appice, Claude Schnell and Andrew Freeman. The line-up, excluding singer Freeman, were the original song writers and performers on the early classic Dio albums, and so intended to play gigs and perform these songs. Jimmy Bain passed away while on Def Leppard's "Hysteria On The High Seas" cruise. He was performing on the cruise with his current band, Last In Line.[3] No official cause of death is known at this time, but band members informed fans on the cruise that he had been battling with pneumonia for a while.


With Rainbow

With Mike Montgomery

With David Kubinec

With Thin Lizzy

With Phil Lynott

With Wild Horses

With Gary Moore

With Dio

With World War III

  • World War III (1991)

With 3 Legged Dogg

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