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*Posted by Evan Hesse - Jan 2, 2018 * 4:37 PM

"Happy New Year!

To all our contributors, Happy New Year! We are still working on some last minute decisions regarding financing and hope to share new information with you in the following month. Thank you."

"THE VENTURES MOVIE" - Indiegogo Campaign :

"I support this Campaign !" - Ricardo Ventures

DON WILSON (Co-Founder and Rhythm Guitarist)

See what my dad (DON WILSON) has to say about "THE VENTURES MOVIE" (documentary) film. "You're gonna love it!" Please share this video or/and care via our INDIE GO-GO page ( THANK YOU!!! - Staci Layne Wilson


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bob Bogle was born on this date

Robert Lenard Bogle (Bob Bogle) born near Wagoner, Oklahoma in January 16, 1934. Died June 14, 2009 (aged 75) in Vancouver, Washington.

Bogle was the first lead guitarist of the group. Playing a Fender Jazzmaster and virtuously using the vibrato arm.

By Matt Schudel - Washington Post Staff Writer (Wednesday, June 17, 2009):

...[Bob Bogle , 75, whose driving, twanging electric guitar made the group he co-founded, THE VENTURES, the most successful instrumental band in rock-and-roll history, and whose recordings of "Walk, Don't Run" and "Hawaii Five-O" propelled the group to the top of the charts in the 1960s, ...]

...[Mr. Bogle was working as a bricklayer and had, by his own admission, little experience in music when he played lead guitar on The Ventures' first big hit, "Walk, Don't Run", in 1960. The record sold more than 2 millions copies, rose to No. 2 on the pop charts (behind Elvis Presley's "It's Now or Never") and secured The Ventures' place in music history.]...

...[At the height of The Beatles' international fame in the mid-1960s, The Ventures outsold the Beatles in Japan and remained huge stars abroad for decades. They sold more than 100 million records worldwide.]...

* Continue reading this article on the Washington Post website:


By Tom Vogt, Columbian Science, Military & History Reporter:

...[Wilson said he's run into succeeding generations of rock'n'rollers who credit The Ventures with getting then started.

"Tom Hamilton, the bass player with Aerosmith, told me our 'Play Guitar With The Ventures' album is how he learned to play. Joe Perry, their lead guitarist, said, 'I won a Grammy, and if it wasn't for The Ventures, it might never have happened.'"]...

Walk, Don't Run - The Ventures
Bob Bogle (lead guitar), Don Wilson (rhythm guitar), Nokie Edwards (bass guitar) and Howie Johnson (drums)

The Ventures - Bob Bogle Medley (1993)
Bob Medley: Perfidia / Bumble Bee / Besame Mucho / Rap City / The Letter / Comin' Home Baby / Journey To The Stars / Walk Don't Run
Gerry play: Yozora No Hoshi / My Bonnie Lies

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Albums by The Ventures

Enjoy ROCKIN' CHRISTMAS with the songs of THE VENTURES.

The Ventures has released several instrumental Christmas Albums over the years.

The first LP album was released in November 1965 by Dolton Records - USA (BLP-2038 and BST-8038) "The Ventures' Christmas Album".

And was later reissued in 2003 by Toshiba-EMI - Japan (TOCP-67276)  in CD format with album in Monaural version and Stereo (2-1).

The Ventures: Nokie Edwards, Don Wilson, Bob Bogle and Mel Taylor. Producer: Joe Saraceno (click to biography).

In 2001 was released the CD album "60's Rockin' Christmas" by M&I Records - Japan (MYCV-30123). 

The Ventures: Bob Bogle, Don Wilson, Leon Taylor and Gerry McGee. Guest Artist: Nokie Edwards and David Carr. Producer: Don Wilson, Bob Bogle and Leon Taylor.

In 2002 by Varèse Sarabande Records - USA (302 066 401 2) was released the CD album "The Ventures Christmas Joy".

The Ventures: Bob Bogle, Don Wilson, Leon Taylor and Gerry McGee. Guest Artist: Nokie Edwards and David Carr. Producer: Don Wilson, Bob Bogle and Leon Taylor.

The Ventures - Feliz Navidad (Jose Feliciano)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Dumble, The Ventures, and the Little Known Story of Mosrite Amplifiers

* Published May 22, 2017 by Chris Till
Gear History -

An interesting story about the little known Mosrite Amplifiers.

Don Wilson of The Ventures
in Japan, 1966.
[... "In 1966, besides Mosrite, The Ventures independently owned an entity called the Mosrite Distributing Company. As Mosrite Distributing Company guaranteed that it would purchase and promptly pay for 100 guitars a month, it served as an essential Mosrite customer.

When Mosrite could not meet its demand for a new large solid-state amp, the Mosrite Distributing Company "hired a missile engineer from Vandenberg Air Force Base." says Sanner. Though not a guitarist, the missile engineer was given a Fender Showman tube amp and given the unfortunate directive of making the same thing with transistors." ...]

Mosrite BG-500 and BG-1000 Ventures Model Amplifier & Fuzzrite demonstration

More about Mosrite Award Ventures Model Amplifiers:

Here's a picture of The Ventures using the Mosrite Award Amp in 1967.

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


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