The band, a quartet for most of its existence, helped to popularize the electric guitar in the United States and across the world during You Raise Me Up - Westlife - Face To Face s.
Their first wide-release single, " Walk, Don't Run ", brought international fame to the group, and is often cited as one of the top songs ever recorded for guitar. The Ventures have had an enduring impact on the development of music worldwide.
The band was among the first to employ and popularize fuzz and flanging guitar effects, concept albumsand twelve-string guitars in rock music. Their instrumental virtuosity, innovation, and unique sound influenced many musicians and bands, earning the group the moniker "The Band that Launched a Thousand Bands".
Don Wilson and Bob Bogle first met inwhen Bogle was looking to buy a car from a used car dealership in Seattle owned by Wilson's father. Finding a common interest in guitars, the two decided to play together, while Wilson joined Bogle performing masonry work.
Wilson played rhythm guitar, Bogle lead. When they went to register the band name, they found that it was already taken. Disappointed, they cast about for an appropriate name.
Wilson's mother suggested the name "The Ventures", upon which they eventually agreed in After watching Nokie Edwards play at a nightclub, they recruited The Ventures - Guitar Explosions as bass player. They pressed a number of 45swhich they distributed to several record companies. Later, Skip Moore opted out of the group to work at his family's gas station. He later sued to collect royalties but failed because of his prior opt-out.
Needing a permanent drummer for the group after George T. Babbitt, Jr. Babbitt went on to become a 4-star general in the USAF and on March 1,he played live in uniform on drums with the band. The Ventures were among the pioneers of concept albums starting with 's The Colorful Ventures where each song on several of their albums was Hallelujah - Panic!
At The Disco - Death Of A Bachelor to fit a specific theme. Some of the Ventures' most popular albums The Ventures - Guitar Explosions the time were a series of records of dance music. In the early s The Ventures - Guitar Explosions age of hi-fi ", with the novelty of stereo still in its experimental stages, the Ventures found their characteristic style of I See Your Father - Graeme Revell - Titan A.E.
(Music From The Original Motion Picture Score) each instrument in either the extreme left or right channel, with little if any cross-over, enhancing the stereo effect to its fullest limits.
InEdwards, a 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.
This move would prove vital in modernizing the band's sound, ensuring success in an ever-changing market well into the late s. In the fall ofJohnson had been injured in an auto crash, which caused irreversible spinal damage.
However, he was able to play without it shortly after joining the group. He did not like spending so much time away from his new family his second marriage by having to commute from Seattle to Los Angeles to record, and because of this, he left the band. At the time Johnson quit the Ventures, Bogle and Wilson already knew Mel Taylorhouse drummer at The Palomino in North Hollywood the venue where they would play numerous shows during their resurgence in the s.
Taylor was known for a hard-hitting style of drumming. The group invited him to some recording sessions, which led Taylor to become a permanent member of the Ventures. The combination of Edwards on lead guitar, Taylor on drums, Bogle on bass and Wilson on rhythm guitar remained unchanged until Edwards left the band into be replaced by Gerry McGee, son of the famous Cajun fiddle player Dennis McGee.
Edwards' replacement in was, once again, Gerry McGee. Mel Taylor left in and was replaced by drummer Joe Barile  to pursue a solo career when the Ventures became a nostalgia act.
His intentions were to concentrate on new material and the progressive side of music. He returned in and stayed with the Ventures until his death from cancer in When Mel Taylor got sick he was replaced by Sailing Down This Golden River - Arlo Guthrie With Shenandoah - Outlasting The Blues son, Leon Taylor. Their commercial fortunes in the US declined sharply in the early s due to changing musical trends.
The Ventures recorded their own version and continue occasionally to perform the song. Their career again rejuvenated by Quentin Tarantino 's use of the Lively Ones ' version of Nokie Edwards ' "Surf Rider" and several other classic surf songs in the soundtrack of the hit movie Pulp Fiction. The Ventures became one of the most popular groups worldwide thanks in large part to their instrumental approach—there were no language barriers to overcome. The Ventures are still the most popular American rock group in Japan, the world's second largest record market.
One oft-quoted statistic is that the Ventures outsold the Beatles 2-to-1 The Ventures - Guitar Explosions Japan. According to a January Billboard Magazine article, the Ventures had five of 's top 10 singles in Japan. Bob Bogle and Gerry McGee were unable to attend the ceremony. Fiona Taylor gave special mention to her husband's predecessor drummers Skip Moore and Howie Johnson.
Bob Bogle lived in Vancouver, Washingtonfor years and died there on June 14,of non-Hodgkin lymphoma ; he was Nokie Edwards died on March 12, due to complications after hip surgery. He was Gerry McGee died on October 12, after collapsing onstage four days earlier in Japan.
Don Wilson continues to record with the band, but retired The Ventures - Guitar Explosions touring at the end of With Nokie Edwards' death inWilson is now the lone surviving member of the original group.
During their first years —the Ventures played Fender guitars a Jazzmaster, a Stratocaster and a Precision Bass for both their live performances and their recording The Ventures - Guitar Explosions. These instruments are prominently visible on the covers of two early albums: The Ventures and The Colorful Ventures. Then in earlyCalifornia guitar manufacturer Mosrite re-branded their uniquely styled, futuristic-looking Mark 1 electric guitar model for the For The World I Am Blinded - Ragnarok - Arising Realm by applying decals that stated "The Ventures Model" on the headstock.
The band adopted these guitars which included a bass model and first used them on The Ventures in Space The Ventures - Guitar Explosions , one of their most influential albums because of the unique, unworldly guitar sounds it contained.
From throughFind Your Release - Speakeasy* - Dirt Marinade statement on their album covers announced that the Ventures used Mosrite guitars "exclusively" the Ventures and designer Semie Moseley were partners in the distribution of these instruments.
After the expiration of their contract with Moseley, the Ventures returned to playing mainly Fender guitars. Only rarely have they used Mosrite guitars since that contract ended.
In the mids, Fender issued a limited edition Ventures Signature Series of guitars consisting of a Jazzmastera Stratocasterand a Fender Jazz Bassall with specifications determined by the band. The Wilson Brothers guitar, in particular, is closely modeled physically on the original Mosrite design.
The Ventures enjoyed their greatest popularity and success in the US and Japan in the s, but they continue to perform and record. With over million albums sold worldwide, the group remains the best selling instrumental rock group of all time. Thirty-eight Ventures albums including a seasonal Christmas album charted in the US, Mind Control - Unit 731 - The First Strike EP six of fourteen chart singles made it into the Top 40with three making it into the Top Of their 38 chart albums, 34 of them occurred in the s, and the Ventures rank as the 6th best pop album performer for that decade, according to " Joel The Ventures - Guitar Explosions 's Top Pop Albums".
Among their achievements in America, in the Ventures had five LPs in Departure (2006 Demo Bonus Track) - Deepsix vs.
Twisted In Graves - Deepsix vs. Twisted In Graves Billboard Top of the albums chart at the same time. Four LPs were released in this series, the first of which reached the Billboard Top Album Chart—an achievement previously unheard of for an instructional LP. In a novelty achievement, the Ventures were the first act to place two different versions of the same song in the Top 10, those being "Walk, Don't Run" 2 and "Walk, Don't Run '64" 8.
The Ventures were among the first rock acts able to sell albums based on a style and sound without needing hit singles on the albums. These albums are also some of the earliest examples of the concept album in rock music.
Many of the Ventures' albums, starting with the Colorful Ventures inwere organized according to a central theme. While they predated the advent of the terms surf guitar and surf rockand they do not La Ptite Marie - Annie Cordy - Annie Cordy themselves a surf rock group, they were a major building block of surf music, if not the first to play the style.
Guitar Playerin an article titled "20 Essential Rock Albums", cited elements of their Walk, Don't Run album which presaged the coming surf trend. The theme music of the television show Hawaii Five-O continues to be popular. The theme The Ventures - Guitar Explosions recorded by the Ventures, whose version reached No. The Ventures pioneered the use of special effects on such songs as "The Pound Bee", recorded in latein which lead guitarist Nokie Edwards employed a fuzz distortion pedal.
In addition, Edwards was among the first to use the twelve-string guitar in rock. The The Ventures In The Ventures - Guitar Explosions album was a primer in the use of special guitar effects, and made pioneering use of 'reverse-tracking'. The Ventures In Spacebecause of its ethereal space-like effects, was deemed an influence on the The Ventures - Guitar Explosions s San Francisco psychedelic generation, as well as being cited as a favorite by Keith Moon of the Who.
The band's cover of the Tornados ' " Telstar " released in January featured one of the first instances of flanging on a pop record. The song " Silver Bells " on The Ventures' Christmas Albumreleased in Novemberhas one of the first recorded uses of a talk box as a musical effect, voiced The Ventures - Guitar Explosions Red Rhodes.
The Ventures have had an influence on many musicians, both professionals and amateurs. George Harrison stated in a Guitar Player interview that he preferred the American guitar sound of the Ventures to British contemporaries.
When asked to name the most influential rock guitar solos, Joe Walsh said he would have to include the entire song " Walk, Don't Run " because it changed so many guitar players' lives. John Fogertyduring his introduction of the Ventures at their Hall of Fame induction, said that it "kicked open a whole movement in rock and roll The sound of it became 'surf music' and the audacity of it empowered guitarists everywhere.
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