The Ventures are a hugely successful instrumental rock combo who were formed in 1958 in Tacoma, Washington. The original line-up was Don Wilson (rhythm guitar), Nokie Edwards (bass), Bob Bogle (lead guitar) and Skip Moore (drums). (Moore was later replaced by Howie Johnson, who in turn was replaced by Mel Taylor. Taylor played drums for the group right up until his death from cancer in 1996 and was replaced by his son, Leon). The Ventures scored their first big hit with "Walk Don't Run", which peaked at number two on the Billboard pop charts in September, 1960. Read more... "Ram-Bunk-Shush!" likewise did well. The band's stirring rendition of the theme for the TV series Hawaii Five-O (1968) went all the way to number four on the Billboard pop charts and "Walk Don't Run '64" charted at number eight in 1964. In addition, the Ventures have released more than 150 albums altogether (85 in the United States alone). Said albums have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. They are especially popular in Japan. They appear as themselves in the rock concert documentary Beloved Invaders: The Ventures (1965). Such artists as George Harrison, Stephen Stills, Gene Simmons, Elton John, Keith Moon, Alan White, Joe Perry and Roger Glover have cited "The Ventures" as a major influence on rock music. Their songs have been featured on the soundtracks to several movies that include Madagascar (2005), Kangaroo Jack (2003), Zoolander (2001), American Pie (1999), The Van (1996), Dutch (1991) and Crocodile Dundee II (1988). The band still continues to play and tour all over the world. The Ventures celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2008 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008.