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The Ventures

1933

Don Wilson, rhythm guitarist for the Ventures, is born in Tacoma, Washington.

1933

Mel Taylor, drummer for the Ventures, is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1934

Bob Bogle, guitarist and bass player for the Ventures, is born in Wagoner, Oklahoma.

1935

Nole “Nokie” Edwards, guitarist and bass player for the Ventures, is born in Lahoma, Oklahoma.

1937

Gerry McGee, guitarist for the Ventures, is born in Eunice, Louisiana.

1960

After their self-released single “Walk – Don’t Run” enjoys regional sales and airplay, the Ventures are signed to Seattle-based Dolton Records.

1960

“Walk – Don’t Run,” by the Ventures, peaks at #2.

1960

“Perfidia,” the Ventures’ remake of a 1941 hit by Xavier Cugat, peaks at #15.

1962

Howie Johnson, original drummer with the Ventures, leaves after a neck injury makes touring too difficult. He is replaced by Mel Taylor

1963

The Ventures Play Telstar, The Lonely Bull and Others hits #8. It will be the highest-charting album of their career and the first of three gold albums.

1963

The Ventures release Surfing, an album that taps into the surf-music craze that the group’s “big-guitar sound” helped inspire.

1964

The Ventures in Space, a pioneering album in terms of exploring guitar sounds, peaks at #27.

1964

The Ventures’ surf music-inspired remake of “Walk - Don’t Run” – retitled “Walk - Don’t Run ’64” – hits #8.

1965

The Ventures On Stage, a live album cut in the U.S. and Japan, enters the charts.

1965

Play Guitar With the Ventures enters Billboard’s album chart, becoming the first music-instruction LP to do so.

1968

Guitarist Nokie Edwards takes a four-year hiatus from the Ventures, during which he is replaced by Gerry (a.k.a. Jerry) McGee.

1969

“Hawaii Five-O,” by the Ventures, reaches #4.

1972

Hawaii Five-O becomes the third Ventures album to receive gold certification (500,000 copies sold) from the RIAA.

1980

After nearly a decade’s absence from American stages, the Ventures’ play a well-received club date in Los Angeles, heralding renewed interest in their work.

1981

Guitarist Bob Spalding begins a longstanding connection with the Ventures, briefly replacing an ailing Nokie Edwards while also becoming a regular collaborator in the studio.

1984

Guitarist Nokie Edwards leaves the Ventures to pursue a solo career.

1985

Gerry McGee rejoins the Ventures as their permanent lead guitarist.

1991

Walk – Don’t Run

1996

Mel Taylor, the Ventures’ drummer, dies of cardiac arrest while hospitalized for cancer. His son, Leon, replaces him in the group.

2008

The Ventures are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 23rd annual induction dinner. John Fogerty is their presenter.

2008

The Ventures perform at the Rock Hall’s 13th Annual American Music Masters Series concert honoring Les Paul.

2009

Bob Bogle, guitarist of the Ventures, passes away.