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B.Bob Cain

Bob Cain (May 1, 1939 - August 30, 2000)

Biography

Growing up in Hartselle, Alabama, Bob Cain's musical career started quite early. His natural aptitude on trumpet was recognized by the high school band in his hometown, and at age nine he became a member of that group. Inspired by the rock and rhythm and blues of the day, young Bob had aspirations of being a musical star.

At thirteen, he moved closer to that goal as word of his talent spread and he began performing with Alabama dance bands. Later, as a student at the University of Alabama, Bob's musical proficiency earned him a position as leader of the Alabama Cavaliers. Aside from his activities with the Cavaliers, Bob became a well-known emcee, hosting appearances by such legendary figures as Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

In addition, Bob's announcing skills brought him a prestigious ten year stint as host of the Miss Alabama Pageant.

Bob opened the Cane Break Supper Club in Birmingham, where he and his wife Penny had settled. The venue was a popular destination for top-notch talent, including: Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Bob Hope and Boots Randolph. As the owner of a prominent night spot, Bob excelled in business and also, as a performer. He, along with his band, The Cane Breakers, were regular artists at the club in addition to their work in Las Vegas and the South.

Bob and his wife Penny made a Christian commitment to rededicate their lives. As a new believer, Bob felt led to close The Cane Break and upon doing so, pondered his work options. After years on stage, he felt unprepared in avenues other than music. However, the Lord had a plan for this dedicated vocalist/musician. Longtime friend Charlie Colvin encouraged Bob to share his newfound faith through music; the result, "New Song", the singer's first album on Bethany Records. An additional ministry opportunity presented itself when legend Jake Hess felt impressed to send "New Song" to Bill Gaither. Gaither in turn asked Bob to be part of the popular "Gaither Homecoming Series" video.

Bob Cain is buried in the Clear Springs Cemetery, Allgood, Blount County, Alabama, USA.

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