The Ventures

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The Ventures
Also known asThe Versatones
The New Ventures
OriginTacoma, Washington, U.S.
GenresInstrumental rock, surf rock
Years active1958–present
LabelsDolton, Liberty, United Artists, Capitol, GNP Crescendo, Blue Horizon
MembersBob Spalding
Leon Taylor
Ian Spalding
Luke Griffin
Past member(s)Nokie Edwards
Don Wilson († 2022)
Bob Bogle
Gerry McGee
Howie Johnson
Mel Taylor
John Durrill
Joe Barile
Dave Carr
Biff Vincent
Leisha Soukary
Jonell Calendar
George T. Babbitt, Jr.
Paul Warren
JD Hoag
Harvey Wicklund

The Ventures are an American instrumental rock band. They were formed in 1958 in Tacoma, Washington, by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle. The band was a four member group that helped make the electric guitar popular in the United States and across the world during the 1960s.[1] However, they were very popular in Japan.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Ventures". Rockhall.com. Archived from the original on 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  2. "The Ventures: still rocking after 50 years". Japan Times. Japan Times. Archived from the original on 2018-09-12. Retrieved 12 September 2018.