The Ventures are considered the most successful instrumental combo in rock and roll history. Charting 37 albums from 1960 to 1972, The Ventures “big guitar sound” has made them an instrumental institution. Guitar Player magazine called them “the quintessential guitar combo… who influenced not only styles, but also a generation’s choice of instruments.”

The band formed in 1958, when Don Wilson and Bob Bogle met on a car lot in Tacoma, Washington. The Ventures self-released several singles on their own Blue Horizon label, including what would become their signature tune, “Walk Don’t Run,” in 1960. Reissued nationally by Dolton Records, the song became a #2 hit, selling over 2 million copies.

From 1962 onward the band released Venture classics, Surfing, The Ventures in Space, and a slew of other hit albums and singles including Theme from Hawaii Five-O, Pipeline, Wipeout, and Telstar culminating with the band’s induction into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

The Ventures current line-up is Bob Spalding (popularly known as “The 5th Venture) lead guitar, Leon Taylor (son of original drummer Mel Taylor dec.1996) drums, Ian Spalding (rhythm guitar), and Lucas Griffin (bass guitar).  Bob Bogle passed away in 2004, and although he no long tours, Don Wilson remains as a musical/performance consultant for the group.

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