They worked at places like The Macambo, on the Sunset Strip and La Papillon. group in Europe with actor George Raft and singers Louise Albritton and June Clyde.When Phil worked there, Howard Hughes had the best table in the house, and it was reserved every night for him. No matter how crowded the place was, that table was empty. The troupe toured England and North Africa, and spent time in Italy.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, Bains talent, respect, and generosity opened the doors for many other studio guitarists, arrangers, and musicians.It was titled Surging Ahead and got 5 stars in Down Beat.That session led to another important connection in Colin’s career.Barbour told Bain he was working with Tommy Dorsey at the Casino Gardens in Los Angeles, and that he was going to stay in town when the band went on the road.Barbour arranged for Bain to sit in with the band one night and when Dorsey asked if he would like to play with the band, Bain responded with a resounding, Sure!
He also worked with xylophonist Red Norvo and his sextet.Bain was playing with the Phil Moore band, when a record date for bebop.