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The Ventures

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Bob Bogle (guitar, bass; born January 16, 1934, died June 14, 2009), Nokie Edwards (guitar, bass; born May 9, 1935), Gerry McGee (guitar; born November 17, 1937), Mel Taylor (drums; born September 24, 1933, died August 11, 1996), Don Wilson (guitar; born February 10, 1933)

The Ventures are best remembered for a pair of Sixties smashes, “Walk – Don’t Run” and “Hawaii Five-O.” Yet their most impressive feat was charting 38 albums from 1960 to 1972. The Ventures’ “big guitar sound” made them an instrumental institution in the Sixties. Guitar Player magazine called them “the quintessential guitar combo of the pre-Beatles era, influenced not only styles, but also a generation’s choice of instruments.”

The Ventures’ nucleus came together in 1958, when Don Wilson and Bob Bogle met on a car lot in Tacoma, Washington. The two guitarists played as a duo before hooking up with guitarist/bassist Nokie Edwards and drummer Howie Johnson. They performed as the Impacts and the Versatones before settling on the Ventures. “We were venturing into a different style of music, and the name would give us room to expand,” Wilson told journalist Robert J. Dalley. The Ventures self-released two singles on their Blue Horizon label, including “Walk – Don’t Run,” released in 1960. When that song became popular on local radio stations, Seattle-based Dolton Records (a Liberty affiliate) signed the group and reissued the single. It became a #2 national hit, and an instrumental standard, selling 2 million copies.

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  • metalanarchist6

    Surfs up bitches!!!!

    24 Jul 2:49pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    такая группа, что слов нет

    8 Mar 3:35pm Reply
  • kluk_jako_buk

    Hawaii Five-O!

    16 Feb 9:00pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    лучшая инструментальная команда всех времен и народов, они реально рвали, хотя к серфу имеют мало отношения.

    1 Feb 12:38pm Reply
  • RoomForSymmetry

    Dick Dale was the king of surf guitar, and The Ventures were his knights of Camelot.

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • BJBooth

    Worth mentioning, so many bands that came out since the inception of the Ventures owe a great deal of their technique and instrumentation to these guys. Wilson was so underrated it's sad, really. Immortal.

    5 Oct 2012 Reply
  • reagan0

    Immortal! Catch the wave to eternity....

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • dzlyden

    Всем родившимся в СССР, должна быть очень знакома композиция Vibrations ;) Сильная вещь !

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Gargoyle2500

    There's a pretty nice 4 CD box set available now titled "4 Original Albums". It has "The Ventures", "Walk Don't Run", "The Colorful Ventures" and "Another Smash!!!" On three CDs in both Stereo and Mono.

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Book em Danno...Wofat,guest villian...Zulu as Kono...Lolz,why didn`t they just call him Zulu?

    7 Apr 2012 Reply
  • dm-sagaidak

    Очень нравится трек Movin'. Бодрящая музыка

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    A warm sound of the soul which we have heard too many times, but it's still a pleasure that is renewed at every listening. -.-.-.-. om hari om .....

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • eikeburandt

    cool songs. i tell you: must be a link to depeche mode somehow. greetings to all good russians!

    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • DizNot

    Очень многие треки этой группы слышал в "Ну, погоди!" и прочей советской продукции. Очень радует.

    7 Jan 2012 Reply
  • VIKandK

    The Ventures - Stop the Music - музыка, любимая с детства!!!

    15 Dec 2011 Reply
  • LadyBazzie

    Класс!!!

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • quigley54

    the most tasteful surf rock band.

    14 Nov 2011 Reply
  • LordMcParty

    Hallo

    29 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Robert161989

    Diamond Head

    25 Oct 2011 Reply
  • eule54

    geil

    24 Oct 2011 Reply
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