The Ventures

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Descriptive "tags": surf surf rock instrumental 60s rock oldies classic rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This pivotal instrumental group was formed in Tacoma, Washington, USA, in 1958 when work mates Don Wilson (10 February 1937, USA; rhythm guitar) and Bob Bogle (b. 16 January 1937, USA; lead guitar) discovered a mutual interest in music. They began performing together as the Impacts, using a pick-up rhythm section, before Nokie Edwards (b. Nole Edwards, 9 May 1935, Lahoma, Oklahoma, USA; bass) and Skip Moore (drums) completed a line-up redubbed the Ventures. The quartet made its debut with ‘Cookies And Coke’, released on their own Blue Horizon label, before discovering Johnny Smith’s ‘Walk, Don’t Run’ on Chet Atkins’ Hi-Fi In Focus album. Initially a jazz instrumental, it nonetheless lent itself to a simplified chord structure and by emphasizing its beat, the Ventures constructed a powerful, compulsive sound that not only became their trademark, but was echoed in the concurrent surfing style. The single, re-released on the Dolton...

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