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Friday, August 11, 2017

21 years ago we lost a legend and a mentor, Mel Taylor.

Melvin (Mel) Taylor - Drummer (1933, September 24 ~ 1996, August 11)

"21 years ago we lost a legend and a mentor, Mel Taylor. You influenced the world and your legacy will live on for an eternity.
You are missed but never forgotten..."  Leon Taylor

* Mel Taylor biography:

Mel Taylor and The Magics - "Drums A-Go-Go" (1966)

Mel Taylor and The Magics (1966)
Mel Taylor & The Dynamics (1973)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"The House of Rising Sun" Song

* (Click the highlighted words for more information on the external link. Enjoy!)

"The House of Rising Sun" is an traditional folk song, sometimes called "Rising Sun Blues".

THE VENTURES made their instrumental version and recorded in Single in January 1964 for Japan (Liberty LR-1177): Side A "Diamond Head" and Side B "The House Of Rising Sun". This same year in October was released on the Album "Walk Don't Run, Vol.2".

In 2012 it was re-released by Sundazed Records in the form of colored Vinyl and CD this album and others in Limited Edition.

This Single "Diamond Head" / "The House Of Rising Sun" sold more than one million eight hundred and fifty thousand (1.850.000) copies in Japan.

Nancy Bacon, Don Wilson,
Mel Taylor, Nokie Edwards
and Bob Bogle
Nokie Edwards played with his extreme skill in ad lib and used the "FUZZ" effect to play on his guitar Mosrite.

It had the participation of Leon Russell in the organ and the producer was Dick Glasser.

This song is currently played by another skillful guitarist Gerry McGee at every concerts of the Japan Tour.

Song that popularized with the British band The Animals [UK (July '64) /US (September '64) Pop Single Chart #1] in mid-1964.

Watch the videos of Sean McGee, son of Gerry McGee (The Ventures) about the "Rising Sun Blues" origin of the song "The House of The Rising Sun".

Part One is a mini Documentary on The Origin of "House of The Rising Sun".

Part Two is "House of Rising Sun" Music Video. Is sung by Gerry and Sean McGee.

Gerry (Dad) first recorded song in 1997 on his album "Born in Lousiana". Sean his son, re-recorded in 2013 along with brother Kane on the drums.

And finally, a cover of The Ventures playing this song with extreme skill by Atsushi Beatpops and his band "Sweet Papa".

Part One - The Origin of "House of Rising Sun" - Sean McGee

Part Two - "House Of Rising Sun" Music Video
Gerry McGee (vocal/guitar), Sean McGee (vocal/Keyboard) and Kane McGee (Drums)

"The House Of Rising Sun" - The Ventures Cover by Atsushi Beatpops and Sweet Papa

Saturday, June 24, 2017


* Updated in August 18, 2017 - 23:45PM.

THE VENTURES and THE SURFARIS held in June 2017, the "3 DAYS OF WAVES" mini Tour on the Californian Coast.

They started in San Diego at "Belly Up Surf Music Festival", then at "Don The Beachcomber" in Huntington Beach and finally at "Casa Escobar" in Malibu. In this show of Malibu had the participation of the band THE MALIBOOZ.

The band The Surfaris is famous for creating "Wipeout" and "Surfer Joe" song in 1963. It is currently formed by one of the band's founders Bob Berryhill (guitar) and his family, wife Gene (bass), sons Deven (guitar) and Joel (drums / vocal).

* Watch the message from the members of THE VENTURES group when doing the Californian Coast Tour to the SURF CHANNEL.

* Testimony of the members of the band THE MALIBOOZ who participated in the show held at Casa Escobar in Malibu, CA.

Check out the compact of the show performed at "Don The Beachcomber" by The Surfaris and The Ventures. (The show starts at 3:48 in this video and ends at 32:14).

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fred Steele Roadster on "(THE) VENTURES IN SPACE" Album cover

The album (THE) "VENTURES IN SPACE" recorded in October 1963 and released on January 25, 1964 is one of the most famous and memorable of the group. With surrealistic and space music and the incredible cover. It was also the first album in which the MOSRITE guitar was used instead of the traditional FENDER. In this album there was the participation of the musician Red Rhodes with the Pedal Steel Guitar to make the surrealistic effect similar to the "theremin". Nokie, on the other hand, made the other sounds, like a creak, with his guitar. He also used a small box built by Rhodes to control the frequency peaks of the guitar called "COMPRESSOR". All sounds were generated by musical instruments.


[ ... In 1964, THE VENTURES, the best selling Instrumental Rock Group of All Time (with over 110 million albums sold worldwide and now inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) introduced their 14th and possibly the most influential album "The Ventures In Space". The best-selling album's alluring cover featured a romantic young couple in a striking white "T-Bucket" parked high on Mulholland Drive overlooking the lights of the vast Los Angeles Basin. It was the prototype sunny Southern California image - but who could have guessed that cool T-Bucket roadster had been constructed a few years earlier across the country near frigid Boston, Massachusetts! ...]

Original "builder" Don Spinney
with the "Fred's T-Bucket".
Excerpt from the text "T-BUCKET PLANS" written by "John at"on August 17, 2015, with a bit of history about this fabulous Roadster that prints the album cover. Check out the full text at this link:

More details about T-Bucket in the website forum "H.A.M.B" - JALOPY JOURNAL.COM:

Source consulted: "Walk-Don't Run The Story of The Ventures" by Del Halterman, 2009.


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