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Born:
01 January 1958
Genres:
Pop/Rock
Releases:
72
Biography The Ventures: Not the first but definitely the most popular rock instrumental combo, the Ventures scored several hit singles during the 1960s -- most notably "Walk-Don't Run" and "Hawaii Five-O" -- but made their name in the growing album market, covering hits of the day and organizing thematically linked LPs. Almost 40 Ventures' albums charted, and 17 hit the Top 40. And though the group's popularity in America virtually disappeared by the 1970s, their enormous contribution to pop culture was far from over; the Ventures soon became one of the most popular world-wide groups, with dozens of albums recorded especially for the Japanese and European markets. They toured continually throughout the 1970s and '80s -- influencing Japanese pop music of the time more than they had American music during the '60s. The Ventures' origins lie in a Tacoma, Washington group called the Impacts. Around 1959, construction workers and hobby guitarists Bob Bogle and Don Wilson formed the group, gigging around Washington state and Idaho with various rhythm sections as backup. They recorded a demo tape, but after it was rejected by the Liberty Records subsidiary Dolton, the duo founded their own label, Blue Horizon. They released one vocal single ("Cookies and Coke"), then recruited bassist Nokie Edwards and drummer Skip Moore and decided to instead become an instrumental group. The Ventures went into the studio in 1959 with an idea for a new single they had first heard on Chet Atkins' Hi Fi in Focus LP. Released on Blue Horizon in 1960, the single "Walk-Don't Run" became a big local hit after being aired as a news lead-in on a Seattle radio station (thanks to a friend with connections). In an ironic twist, Dolton Records came calling and licensed the single for national distribution; by summer 1960, it had risen to number two in the charts, behind only "It's Now or Never" by Elvis Presley. After Howie Johnson replaced Moore on drums, the Ventures began recording their debut album, unsurprisingly titled after their hit single. Two singles, "Perfidia" and "Ram-Bunk-Shush," hit the Top 40 during 1960-61, but the Ventures soon began capitalizing on what became a trademark: releasing LPs which featured songs very loosely arranged around a theme implied in the title. The group's fourth LP, The Colorful Ventures, included "Yellow Jacket," "Red Top," "Orange Fire" and no less than three tracks featuring the word "blue" in the title. The Ventures put their indelible stamp on each style of '60s music they covered, and they covered many -- twist, country, pop, spy music, psychedelic, swamp, garage, TV themes. (In the '70s, the band moved on to funk, disco, reggae, soft rock and Latin music.) The Ventures' lineup changed slightly during 1962. Howie Johnson left the band, to be replaced by session man Mel Taylor; also, Nokie Edwards took over lead guitar with Bob Bogle switching to bass. One of the few LPs not arranged around a theme became their best-selling; 1963's The Ventures Play Telstar, The Lonely Bull featured a cover of the number one instrumental hit by the British studio band the Tornadoes and produced by Joe Meek. Though their cover of "Telstar" didn't even chart, the album hit the Top Ten and became the group's first of three gold records. A re-write of their signature song -- entitled "Walk-Don't Run '64" -- reached number eight that year. By the mid-'60s however, the Ventures appeared to be losing their touch. Considering the volatility of popular music during the time, it was quite forgivable that the group would lose their heads-up knowledge of current trends in the music industry to forecast which songs should be covered. The television theme "Hawaii Five-O" hit number four in 1969, but the Ventures slipped off the American charts for good in 1972. Instead, the band began looking abroad for attention and -- in Japan especially -- they found it with gusto. After leaving Dolton/Liberty and founding their own Tridex Records label, the Ventures began recording albums specifically for the Japanese market. The group eventually sold over 40 million records in that country alone, becoming one of the biggest American influences on Japanese pop music ever. Nokie Edwards left the Ventures in 1968 to pursue his interest in horse racing for a time, and was replaced by Gerry McGee; though he returned by 1972, Mel Taylor left the group that year for a solo career, to be replaced by Joe Barile. (Taylor returned also, in 1979.) By the early '80s, the Ventures' core quartet of Wilson, Bogle, Edwards and Taylor could boast of playing together for over 20 years. Though Edwards left the band for good in 1984 (replaced again by Gerry McGee) and Mel Taylor died mid-way through a Japanese tour in 1996 (replaced by his son Leon), the Ventures continued to pack venues around the world.
Venturized
Venturized
Tracks: 20
Year: 2010
Play Southern All Stars
Play Southern All Stars
Tracks: 16
Year: 2009
Popular Hits Album
Popular Hits Album
Tracks: 16
Year: 2009
Play Kayama Yuzo
Play Kayama Yuzo
Tracks: 14
Year: 2009
In The Vaults Vol. 3
In The Vaults Vol. 3
Tracks: 26
Year: 2005
Pops A La Carte
Pops A La Carte
Tracks: 15
Year: 2004
The Best Of Guitar Surf
The Best Of Guitar Surf
Tracks: 22
Year: 2004
Christmas Joy
Christmas Joy
Tracks: 18
Year: 2002
In The Vaults Vol 2
In The Vaults Vol 2
Tracks: 26
Year: 1999
Stars On Guitars
Stars On Guitars
Tracks: 38
Year: 1998
New Depths
New Depths
Tracks: 20
Year: 1998
In The Vaults
In The Vaults
Tracks: 26
Year: 1997
The Ventures Latin Album
The Ventures Latin Album
Tracks: 13
Year: 1996
Original
Original
Tracks: 20
Year: 1995
Surfing
Surfing
Tracks: 30
Year: 1995
20 Rock'n'roll Hits
20 Rock'n'roll Hits
Tracks: 20
Year: 1995
Theme From Shaft & The Horse
Theme From Shaft & The Horse
Tracks: 12
Year: 1995
Theme From Shaft
Theme From Shaft
Tracks: 12
Year: 1995
Live In Japan 1990
Live In Japan 1990
Tracks: 24
Year: 1992
The Very Best Of The Ventures
The Very Best Of The Ventures
Tracks: 20
Year: 1992
Radical Guitars
Radical Guitars
Tracks: 14
Year: 1987
Last Album On Liberty
Last Album On Liberty
Tracks: 18
Year: 1982
Super Live '80
Super Live '80
Tracks: 25
Year: 1980
TV Themes
TV Themes
Tracks: 13
Year: 1977
Play James Bond Music
Play James Bond Music
Tracks: 15
Year: 1975
Now Playing
Now Playing
Tracks: 16
Year: 1975
Play The Carpenters
Play The Carpenters
Tracks: 14
Year: 1974
Jim Croce Songbook
Jim Croce Songbook
Tracks: 12
Year: 1974
Rock And Roll Forever
Rock And Roll Forever
Tracks: 11
Year: 1972
Pops In Japan '71
Pops In Japan '71
Tracks: 13
Year: 1971
Golden Pops
Golden Pops
Tracks: 14
Year: 1970
Swamp Rock
Swamp Rock
Tracks: 14
Year: 1969
Beat Guitar Genius
Beat Guitar Genius
Tracks: 10
Year: 1969
Pops In Japan
Pops In Japan
Tracks: 11
Year: 1968
Underground Fire
Underground Fire
Tracks: 15
Year: 1968
Flights Of Fantasy
Flights Of Fantasy
Tracks: 12
Year: 1968
Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O
Tracks: 13
Year: 1968
The Guitar Freakout
The Guitar Freakout
Tracks: 12
Year: 1967
Batman Theme
Batman Theme
Tracks: 15
Year: 1966
Where The Action Is
Where The Action Is
Tracks: 12
Year: 1966
Wild Things
Wild Things
Tracks: 15
Year: 1966
Go With The Ventures
Go With The Ventures
Tracks: 12
Year: 1966
Live in Japan 1965
Live in Japan 1965
Tracks: 27
Year: 1965
The Fabulous Ventures
The Fabulous Ventures
Tracks: 12
Year: 1965
The Ventures On Stage
The Ventures On Stage
Tracks: 10
Year: 1965
The Ventures A Go-Go!
The Ventures A Go-Go!
Tracks: 15
Year: 1965
Knock Me Out!
Knock Me Out!
Tracks: 12
Year: 1965
The Ventures' Christmas Album
The Ventures' Christmas Album
Tracks: 12
Year: 1965
Walk Don't Run Volume II
Walk Don't Run Volume II
Tracks: 12
Year: 1964
Apache
Apache
Tracks: 12
Year: 1964
In Space
In Space
Tracks: 12
Year: 1964
Ventures In Space
Ventures In Space
Tracks: 12
Year: 1964
Play The Country Classics
Play The Country Classics
Tracks: 15
Year: 1963
Bobby Vee Meets The Ventures
Bobby Vee Meets The Ventures
Tracks: 14
Year: 1962
Twist With The Ventures
Twist With The Ventures
Tracks: 12
Year: 1962
Mashed Potatoes And Gravy
Mashed Potatoes And Gravy
Tracks: 12
Year: 1962
Another Smash!!!
Another Smash!!!
Tracks: 12
Year: 1961
The Ventures
The Ventures
Tracks: 12
Year: 1961
The Colorful Ventures
The Colorful Ventures
Tracks: 15
Year: 1961
Walk Don't Run
Walk Don't Run
Tracks: 12
Year: 1960
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