The Ventures

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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...