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The best kept secret in music


"Seattle Post Intelligencer"

"The Ventures ... the big kahuna of guitar-based instrumental rock bands ..." - Gene Stout


Acoustic Rock 2001
Walk Don't Run 2000
Ventures Gold 1999
Stars On Guitars 1998
New Depths 1998
Wild Again 1997


Feeling a bit camera shy


The Ventures were formed by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, who met on a construction job in Seattle. They started playing clubs, rehearsing and still holding their day jobs, then began recording - and their first release was "Walk Don't Run". Local Seattle radio stations started to play the record, and it attracted the attention of Dolton Records, a subsidiary of Liberty. The group was signed, and the song climbed the clarts - The Ventures were named "Most Promising Instrumental Group", and "Walk Don't Run" was cited as the "Favorite Single Instrumental Record" of the year. This early popularity has continued and grown around the world ever since!

The Ventures are somewhat of a rarity in today's ever-changing record market - they have proven "staying power". To quote a Reader's Digest article, "Loud the Twang of the Guitar", not only have The Ventures sold millions of LP's of contemporary guitar music, but have also marketed millions of albums teaching other people to play the instrument. (In fact, their "Play Guitar with The Ventures" series are the only instruction albums ever to appear on the national Billboard charts.