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Jimmy Bain


NA- Wild Horses - bass  
1975-1977 Rainbow - bass  
1982-1989 Dio - bass  
1985 Hear'n Aid - bass  
1990-1992 WWIII - bass  
1999-2004 Dio - bass  
2012-2016 Last In Line - bass  

Studio musician

1984 Gary Moore - bass  

Guest musician

1980 Philip Lynott - piano  
1982 Philip Lynott - bass, vocals  

Personal information

Born on: 19.12.1947
Died on: 24.01.2016

James Stewart 'Jimmy' Bain (born 19 December 1947) is a Scottish bassist most famous for playing in the bands Rainbow and Dio with Ronnie James Dio. He has worked with Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott, co-writing on his solo albums.

Bain was born in Newtonmore, Highland, in Scotland. Jimmy Bain played in several provincial amateur bands as a young teen. Bain's parents and younger brother's relocated to Vancouver Canada. By this point Bain was 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. Jimmy would record the studio album Rising and play on the following world tour. In January 1977, Bain was sacked from the band.
Jimmy then toured Europe with John Cale and later appeared in Ian Hunter's album Overnight Angels.

Wild Horses

In the summer of 1978, Bain formed a band called Wild Horses They released two albums in Europe. 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 Travers, Uli Jon Roth's Electric Sun) and guitarist Neil Carter (who would go on to UFO and Gary Moore). Wild Horses released two albums on EMI, The First Album (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 '81. Robertson would briefly turn up in Motörhead the following year while Edwards joined former Whitesnake guitarist 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), and The Next Band's Frank Noon (drums), but they disbanded shortly after. Jimmy then worked with the former Family main-man Roger Chapman, Roy Harper, Gary Moore, and Kate Bush (on 1982's The Dreaming).

Jimmy co-wrote with his close friend Phil Lynott for the Lizzy man's two solo albums. Not only a bassist but a very capable keyboard player, he toured the material playing keyboards with Phil's band. Their song, "Old Town" was re-recorded by, The Corrs, the Irish family group in 2001/2002, and became a big hit world wide.

Bain was also secretly brought in by the German hard rockers The Scorpions to provide bass on their 1984 album Love at First Sting, which they compensated him for with a large sum of money. Recording the album in Germany. Jimmy's amazing distinctive sound can be heard on the hits from that album, such as, Rock You Like a Hurricane, and No One Like You. He was then asked to join the band but his loyalty was with Dio.


In 1983 Jimmy linked up again with ex-Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio for the band Dio. A central figure within Dio the band, Jimmy 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. Jimmy co-wrote several other songs for the following albums, The Last in Line, Sacred Heart, Intermission, Dream Evil and Killing the Dragon.

Jimmy Bain also co- wrote "Stars",with Vivian Campbell, and Ronnie James Dio the Heavy Rock world's contribution to the famine relief charity appeal. Bain and Campbell came up with the concept Hear 'n Aid a charity in which he could involve the "Rock" community to help with world hunger. All his share of the proceeds are donated to one of his favorite charity's, "Children of the Night."

In autumn 1989. Jimmy formed a band with vocalist Mandy Lion called World War III. After their 1991 eponymous debut album, the band floundered. Jimmy's solo project The Key utilized a far more melodic and commercial approach. Guitarist on the project was Tracy G, borrowed from Dio's then band who was also the guitarist for World War III.

Ronnie Dio's concept project Magica saw the return of Jimmy Bain to the Dio story. Bain played on the albums Magica and Killing the Dragon.

In 2005, Bain joined up with former Black Sabbath and Dio band drummer Vinny Appice for two projects, The Hollywood Alstarz and 3 Legged Dogg. The first group produced live concerts that featured a greatest hits set of the individual members, (Carlos Cavazo of Quiet Riot was another notable member of the band), while the second group produced a well received CD of original material. In an interview with noted journalist David Lee Wilson, Bain lamented Appice's choice to put both these groups on hold while he toured with Ronnie James Dio in the Black Sabbath offshoot, Heaven and Hell.