Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sad News in Music

The Ventures guitarist Bob Bogle dies at 75

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pioneering guitarist Bob Bogle, whose rock-instrumental band the Ventures scored a pair of hits in the 1960s with "Walk, Don't Run" and "Hawaii Five-O," has died, the group said on Tuesday. He was 75. Bogle died on Sunday of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at a hospital after falling ill at his home in Vancouver, Washington, according to bandmate Don Wilson. The Ventures were "the most popular instrumental rock 'n' roll band of all time" and are worshiped as "gods" in Japan, rocker John Fogerty said at the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction last year. Influenced by the likes of Les Paul and Chet Atkins, the Ventures helped pave the way for surf music, and sent 38 albums into the pop charts between 1960 and 1972. They continue to perform to this day with a slightly different lineup.

I love the twangy surf-guitar sound. I prefer the older tunes. Here is a video of the Ventures performing the "Hawaii Five-0" theme (I don't see the horn section anywhere)!

Here is another favorite: "Walk, Don't Run"

"Wipeout" Originally by the Surfaris. (Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys also covered this classic).

Lastly an all-time favorite: "Pipeline"

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