Personalities | The Ventures | Fifties | Rock
(Instrumental group, 1958–present)
Formed in Seattle by Nokie Edwards (lead guitar), Bob Bogle (bass), Don Wilson (guitar) and Howie Johnson (drums), the group’s first and best-known hit was ‘Walk Don’t Run’, which they heard played by Chet Atkins and was written by jazz guitarist Johnny Smith. Two more US Top 10 hits, 1964’s ‘Walk Don’t Run ‘64’ and 1969’s ‘Hawaii Five-O’, were almost irrelevant, as The Ventures were superstars in Japan, where they have reputedly released over 100 original albums. The current line-up is McGee (lead guitar), Wilson (guitar), Bogle (bass) and Leon Taylor.
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