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Bob Bogle of the Ventures

Matt Schudel

Who doesn't love the Ventures? They were the most successful rock-and-roll instrumental group of all time and had an instantly recognizable rumbling guitar sound that is infectious, thrilling and dangerous all at once.

Bob Bogle, who founded the Ventures with Don Wilson, died this week, and he had more influence over music than a lot of people who are better known. He and Nokie Edwards, who later became the Ventures' lead guitarist, created a ringing, driving sound that still seems fresh.

Here's a version of the Ventures' first big hit from 1960, "Walk, Don't Run."

Go to the next page for four more videos, including one that will knock you out...

Here's a slightly updated 1964 version, with Bob Bogle on bass and Nokie Edwards on lead guitar:

Video version is here with deficient sound quality:

Check out the Ventures playing "Hawaii Five-O" here:

And, for sheer manic, crazy fun, watch Mel Taylor go wild on his little jazz drum kit in this killer early '60s recording of "Wipe Out." When you hit 2:45 in the recording, I promise your jaw will drop when Taylor does his "Look, Ma, no hands" act.

By Matt Schudel  |  June 17, 2009; 6:41 AM ET
Categories:  Matt Schudel , Musicians  
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