Ventures’ Guitarist Bob Bogle R.I.P.

 

The audacity of twang…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Bob Bogle, who co-founded the best
selling rock instrumental band in music history the Ventures after meeting Don
Wilson while trying to buy a used car from a dealership owned by his father in
1958, passed away on Sunday at the age of 75 after long battle with Non-Hodgkin
Lymphoma.

 

Although he hasn’t played live
with the band in four years, he remained active in recording and producing.
Bogle lived long enough to see the band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame in March, 2008 and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the
group’s founding in April of this year.

 

Bogle became ill over the weekend
and was taken to a hospital, where he died, according to Wilson, who was his
friend and musical collaborator for more than 50 years.

“That’s when we started working
together,” Wilson
said about meeting at his dad’s used car lot. “And then we found out that
we each knew a few chords on the guitar, you know, and we had a lot of free
time on our hands. But neither of us owned a guitar.”

 

The Ventures scored their first
hit with their version of the song, “Walk, Don’t Run,” in 1960. One of the most
influential songs in rock history, it sparked a remarkable run that saw the
Ventures chart with 38 albums from 1960 to 1972, selling more than 100 million
records, becoming major superstars in Japan and all over the world. Their hits
included “Perfidia,” “Telstar/The Lonely Bull” and the theme from TV’s Hawaii Five-O.

 

Among their fans was Creedence
Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty, who inducted the band into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame, saying, “‘Walk, Don’t Run’ started a whole new movement in rock
and roll. The sound of it became ‘surf music,’ and the audacity of it empowered
guitarists everywhere. Every guitar player on this planet knows what I’m
talking about.”

 

Though Nokie Edwards eventually
became the Ventures’ lead guitarist, it was Bogle who established the template
for the band’s influential sound, using the vibrato (or whammy bar) in a
totally unique way.

 

Arrangements for a private funeral
service are for this Friday, June 19th. He is survived by his beloved wife
Yumi, brothers Clarence, Dennis and Curtis, his sister Sybil, his children
Gary, Mike, Paul, Kathy, Randy and Brandon, and his grandchildren and
great-grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

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