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    (1958- )
    Born in Tacoma, Washington
    1962 Line-Up:
    Nokie Edwards (May 9, 1935- ), guitar
    Don Wilson (February 10, 1933- ), guitar
    Bob Bogle (January 16, 1934- ), bass guitar
    Mel Taylor (September 24, 1933-August 11, 1996), drums
    Recorded the singles 'Walk, Don't Run' (1960), 'Perfidia' (1960), 'Ram-Bunk-Shush' (1961), 'Walk, Don't Run '64' (1964) and 'Hawaii Five-O' (1969)
    Recorded over 250 albums
    Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2008)
    Their first album was rushed out so fast, the cover features Liberty Records stockroom employees wearing sunglasses in place of the band.
    Wilson commented, 'When I read that the Ventures are the pioneers of surf music, I go 'What?' We were never a surf group.'
    John Durrill, their keyboard player in the late 60s and 70s, wrote the cheesy hit 'Dark Lady' for Cher (1974).
    In the late 70s, they became the 'New Ventures,' a disco/rock band with female singers.
    They became much bigger in Japan than America.
    Their '2,000 Pound Bee' was the first single to feature fuzz guitar.
    They outsold the Beatles 2 to 1 in Japan.
    They were the first foreign members of Japan's Conservatory of Music.
    They received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar Player magazine (1993).
    So many guitarists learned by playing along with their albums they were called 'the band that launched a thousand bands.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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