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Walk Don't Run (1960)
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Walk Don't Run (1960)

The Ventures are a rock instrumental band formed in 1958, by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, two Seattle masonry workers. Image File history File links Ventures-Walk-Dont-Run. ... Image File history File links Ventures-Walk-Dont-Run. ... Surf music is a genre of popular music associated with surf culture. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Don Wilson may refer to any of the following individuals: Don Wilson (baseball player), Major League Baseball player and 1971 National League All-Star Don Wilson, former English cricketer Don Wilson, member of the surf rock band The Ventures Don W. Wilson, Archivist of the United States (1987-1993) Don... For the Suquamish chief, see Chief Seattle. ...

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Initially calling themselves "The Versatones", they played small clubs and beer bars in the Northwest. In 1959 they recorded and released two vocal tunes, "The Real McCoy" and "Cookies and Coke", but neither record charted. They met and recruited Nokie Edwards as bass player, and recorded "Walk Don't Run" with Bogle on lead, Wilson on rhythm, Edwards on bass, and Skip Moore on drums. They approached several record companies, none of whom showed any interest in signing them. With support from Don Wilson's mother, Josie, they started their own record company, "Blue Horizon Records" They self-produced the 45 RPM single of "Walk Don't Run" and promoted it themselves. 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


They were successful in getting a local Seattle DJ, Pat O'Day, to use the song as a news "kicker" (lead-in). Bob Reisdorf, owner of Dolton Records, heard it on the radio, contacted and signed The Ventures, and the rest is history. Walk Don't Run climbed to #2 for a week on the Billboard Top 100, in September 1960. Dolton Records was a record label based in Seattle which was originally Dolphin Records. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ...


The story behind their selection of Walk Don't Run provides some insight into the distinction between technical virtuousity, versus the essential elements of a wildly successful Pop-Music hit. Bob Bogle, original lead guitarist, cites Chet Atkins as one of his early influences. Bogle bought the Chet Atkins LP, Hi Fi Guitar which featured Atkins' fingerstyle rendition of a song originally written by the great jazz guitarist, Johnny Smith. Within Atkins' elaborate and laid-back delivery of "Walk Don't Run", Bogle found inspiration. He stated years later there was no way his "pedestrian" guitar skills would allow him to play it the same as Chet Atkins did, so he and Wilson worked out a highly energized, very much simplified arrangement, and a Rock & Roll Classic was born. Another Chet Atkins inspired guitarist, Steve Howe of Yes covered "Walk Don't Run" on his 1998 album Quantum Guitar. Lead guitar refers to a role within a popular music band, especially a rock band, that provides melody or melodic material, as opposed to the rhythm of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. ... Chet Atkins Chester Burton Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an influential country guitarist and record producer in country music. ... Johnny Smith, American jazz guitarist, was born John Henry Smith, Jr. ... Yes guitarist Steve Howe in 2004 Stephen James Howe (b. ... Yes is a progressive rock band that formed in London in 1968. ...

The Ventures Play "Telstar" and "The Lonely Bull" (1962)
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The Ventures Play "Telstar" and "The Lonely Bull" (1962)

The Ventures enjoyed their greatest popularity and success in the U.S. in the 1960s but they have continued to perform and record up to the present (2006). With over 110 million albums sold worldwide, the group remains the best selling instrumental rock group of all time. 37 Ventures albums charted in the U.S., and six of their singles made it into the Top 40. By the mid-1970's the group had nearly no audience in America, but they continued to have an enormous influence on pop culture globally. The Ventures became one of the most popular world-wide groups ever and are still the most popular American rock group in Japan. They produced dozens of albums exclusively for the Japanese and European markets and have regularly toured Japan from the 60's up through and including 2005. They have influenced pop music in Japan far more than any other Western artist. A recent Japanese pop music poll listed "Ginza Lights" as the most popular song of all time; it was composed and recorded for their 1966 LP, Go With The Ventures. Image File history File links Ventures-Play-Telstar. ... Image File history File links Ventures-Play-Telstar. ... The Lonely Bull, released in 1962, is the debut album from Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, and was also the first album ever released by A&M Records. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... This article is about the continent. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ...


Among their achievements in America, there were times when The Ventures had as many as six LP's in the Billboard Top 100 at the same time. Additionally, The Ventures released a series of instructional LP's, entitled Play Guitar with The Ventures and Play Bass with The Ventures. There were perhaps 8 to 10 LP's released in this series, and every one charted in the Billboard Top 100 Album Sales - a commercial achievement previously unheard of in an instructional LP. The Billboard Hot 100 is the main U.S. singles popularity chart used by Billboard magazine. ... An example of a Billboard Magazine. ...


During the 1960's a California guitar manufacturer, Mosrite, developed and marketed a uniquely styled futuristic-looking electric guitar, as "The Ventures Model Mosrite". The originals have become so popular among vintage instrument collectors that several companies internationally are still manufacturing copies that in some cases are nearly impossible to spot as fake. Mosrite was an American guitar manufacturing company, based in Bakersfield, California, from the late 1950s to the mid 1990s Founded by Semie Moseley, Mosrite guitars were played by many rock and roll and country artists such as Joe Maphis, Larry Collins, The Ventures and The Ramones. ...


"The Ventures" was originally just Bogle and Wilson, up to their recording of "Walk Don't Run". For the recording session, they needed to be a full combo. The lack of bass and drums during their first two years, caused them to develop a unique rhythm-heavy style, in which Wilson, (rhythm guitar), tried to be "an orchestra on six strings". It was this strong interplay between lead and rhythm guitar which gave The Ventures their trademark "rhythm-heavy" sound, one which captivated huge audiences. When they added Nokie Edwards on bass, and Howie Johnson on drums, right after being signed by Dolton Records, they maintained this strong lead/rhythm interplay, so that even with Johnson's very much jazz/swing-influenced drum style, their sound carried an aggressive "drive" that was very influential on the sound of guitar-based combos that followed. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Dolton Records was a record label based in Seattle which was originally Dolphin Records. ...


The Ventures lineup underwent some key changes, which caused them to become a stronger performing unit, which undoubtedly enhanced their "staying power" beyond the typically short shelflife for a charting rock band of the 1960's. The band's career has spanned 45 years and is still going strong in Japan.

Hawaii Five-O (1969)
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Hawaii Five-O (1969)

The lineup of Bogle, Wilson, Edwards and Johnson remained intact until 1962, or roughly the release of their 8th album. Around this time, Edwards, (a very talented guitarist in his own right), suggested that Bogle's lead guitar abilities were being stretched, and that they were in essence wasting Edwards' talents by keeping him on bass. Bogle agreed, and rapidly learned the bass parts to all their songs, allowing Edwards to take over the lead guitar chores, which helped modernize the sound of the band, and helped to keep them current-sounding into the late 1960's. Image File history File links Ventures-Hawaii-Five-O.jpg Summary Cover of Hawaii Five O by The Ventures. ... Image File history File links Ventures-Hawaii-Five-O.jpg Summary Cover of Hawaii Five O by The Ventures. ... (help·info) Hawaii Five-O ran for twelve seasons on CBS television network. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ...


At the same time, Johnson was injured in an auto crash, which caused irreversible spinal damage. Under doctor's orders, he quit the band. Bogle and Wilson already knew Mel Taylor, house drummer at The Palomino, in North Hollywood, (the same venue where they would play numerous shows during their resurgence in the 1980's). Taylor had performed as drummer on the Bobby "Boris" Pickett hit, "Monster Mash", The Hollywood Argyles' "Alley Oop", and "The Lonely Bull", by Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass. Taylor was known for a very aggressive, hard-hitting style of drumming. They invited him to some recording sessions, which led to him becoming a permanent member of The Ventures. Bobby Boris Pickett (born Robert George Pickett on February 11, 1938) is a musician and actor best known for singing and co-writing the 1962 hit novelty song Monster Mash. Pickett performed the tune in an impersonation of veteran horror film star Boris Karloff. ... In the late 1950s, the baby boomers recieved their first taste of such classic horror films as Dracula, The Mummy, and Frankenstein when Universal Studios released a package containing their most popular horror films. ... The Hollywood Argyles were a doo wop band put together by producer/songwriter Kim Fowley, then still a student at University High School in West Los Angeles. ... Alley Oop USPS stamp Alley Oop was a character created in 1932 by American cartoonist V. T. Hamlin. ... The Lonely Bull, released in 1962, is the debut album from Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, and was also the first album ever released by A&M Records. ... Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass debut album, The Lonely Bull. ...


The combination of Edwards on lead guitar, Taylor on drums, Bogle on bass, and Wilson on rhythm guitar, created what many fans feel was The Ventures at their very best. This lineup remained unchanged until Edwards left the band in 1968, to be replaced by Gerry McGee. Edwards came back in 1973, and remained with them until 1984, although he has toured and gigged with them dozens of times in the subsequent 22 years. Drummer Mel Taylor remained the heartbeat of The Ventures until cancer took his life in 1996. His spot has since been filled by his son, Leon Taylor. 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1973 calendar). ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Leon Taylor (born 2 November 1977) is a British athlete. ...

Ventures In Space (1963)
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Ventures In Space (1963)

The Ventures pioneered the use of special effects on such songs as "2000 Pound Bee" (1963), in which guitarist Nokie Edwards employed a fuzz distortion pedal, pre-dating the "King of Fuzz Guitar", Davie Allan (The Arrows), by at least three years. The landmark album, Ventures in Space (1963), was their first use of the then-new Mosrite Ventures Model guitars. Image File history File links Ventures-In-Space. ... Image File history File links Ventures-In-Space. ... Template:C20YearInnTopic 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Davie Allan was a 1960s surf guitarist-musician, specializing in [[surf rock]] and psychedelic music, used in numerous teen and biker movies. ... Template:C20YearInnTopic 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ...


Some of The Ventures' best-remembered tunes are "Walk, Don't Run" (1960), "Perfidia" and "Lullaby of the Leaves" (1961), a cover version of the Tornadoes' #1 hit "Telstar" (1963), "Slaughter On Tenth Avenue" (1964), "Walk Don't Run '64" (1964), and "Hawaii Five-O" (1969). But their commercial fortunes in the US sharply declined after 1967 due to changing musical trends. In the late 1970's and into the 1980's, a resurgence of interest in surf music led to some in the Punk/New Wave audience rediscovering the band, which revived The Ventures as a viable live attraction in America. The Go-Go's, a highly popular all-female band of the era, wrote and dedicated "Surfin' And Spyin'" to The Ventures. The Ventures recorded their own version and continue to perform the song in current-day shows. Their career was given another rejuvenating shot in the arm by the further resurgence of interest in surf music brought on by Quentin Tarantino's use of their original "Surf Rider" and several other classic surf songs in the soundtrack of the hit movie Pulp Fiction. 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... The original Telstar had a roughly spherical shape. ... Template:C20YearInnTopic 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... (help·info) Hawaii Five-O ran for twelve seasons on CBS television network. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Surf music is a genre of popular music associated with surf culture. ... The Go-Gos were an American rock and roll group formed in 1978 They are notable as perhaps the first all-woman band in rock to achieve commercial success. ... Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, actor, and Oscar-winning screenwriter who rapidly rose to fame in the early 1990s as a stylish auteur whose bold use of nonlinear storylines, memorable dialogue, and bloody violence brought new life to familiar American film archetypes. ... Pulp Fiction is a 1994 film directed by Quentin Tarantino and written by Tarantino and Roger Avary. ...


Given their tremendous cultural influence, both in the US and Japan, as well as their ranking as 6th biggest album-selling pop act of the 1960's, Ventures fans and supporters have been campaigning for the past several years to have The Ventures inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, showing Lake Erie in the foreground The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a museum and institution in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, dedicated, as the name suggests, to recording the history of some of the best-known and most influential... Nickname: The Forest City Motto: Progress and Prosperity Official website: www. ...


The Ventures maintain an active website, www.theventures.com, and there is a Yahoo discussion forum [1] dedicated to the group.


Discography

Main article: The Ventures discography

Walk Dont Run (1960) The Ventures have released hundreds of albums, beginning with Walk Dont Run in (1960). ...

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The worlds best-selling music artists cannot be listed officially, as there is no organization that has recorded global music sales in the manner that the RIAA does in the United States. ... Surf music is a genre of popular music associated with surf culture. ... (help·info) Hawaii Five-O ran for twelve seasons on CBS television network. ... Instrumental rock is a type of rock and roll which features only musical instruments, and no singing. ... In the early 1960s, one of the most popular forms of rock and roll was surf rock. ... 1950s, 1960s The Astronauts The Atlantics The Beach Boys The Bel-Airs Bruce & Terry Al Casey The Challengers The Chantays The Clee-Shays Jerry Cole Dick Dale Eddie & the Showmen The Fantastic Baggys The Honeys The Impacts Jan & Dean Bruce Johnston The Lively Ones Marketts Terry Melcher Mr. ...

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