In 1958, Bob Bogle and Don Wilson, formed the nucleus of the original music group, The Ventures. The duo was joined a few years later by Nokie Edwards to record "Walk, Don't Run". The song hit Billboard's Singles Chart on July 18, 1960 and peaked at number 2. The band was prolific during the 60's with touring and recording albums.
Since that spectacular beginning, The Ventures-later joined by Mel Taylor, Gerry McGee, Leon Taylor and Bob Spalding-have gone on to help define an often overlooked branch of rock and roll music-Instrumental Rock. The band is credited by many guitar legends as being an influence on them. Their style and music is certainly unique.
More than 49 years later -- with record sales approaching 100 million-with 14 songs that hit the Singles Charts-with 37 LPs that hit the Album Charts-with a lineup that remains solid-The Ventures style and sound is as pure and powerful as ever.