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The last surviving founder and guitarist of The Ventures surf-rock band, Don Wilson, has died at the age of 88, his spokesman said.

“Don was an inspiration and coach. He was a unique talent who inspired countless musicians like us,” said a statement posted on the group’s social media pages and confirmed by spokeswoman Sandra Abrahamian Spalding. “We lost a good friend, a music colleague, a world-class performer and a favorite bandmate. Don Wilson left the stage. We will always miss him.”

The artist’s son, Tim Wilson, told People magazine and KING-TV in Washington that his father died Saturday morning in Tacoma, Washington, surrounded by his family, of natural causes.

“Our father played a wonderful rhythm guitar and amazed people all over the world with his band The Ventures,” Tim Wilson said in a statement to the press. “He will have a place in history forever and he was loved and valued very much. He will be missed.”

Wilson and his colleague guitarist Bob Bogl founded The Ventures as an instrumental group in Seattle in the late 1950s, soon joined by bassist / guitarist Nokki Edwards. Bogl died in 2009 at the age of 75. Edwards died in 2018 at the age of 82.

Ventures played an important role in popularizing the electric guitar in the 1960s and helped create the twangy surfing sound that influenced the Beach Boys, among others. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Ventures, which joined the hall in 2008, was named “the most successful instrumental complex in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.”

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Don Wilson attends The Ventures in 2020 at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

Considering the roles of The Impacts and The Verrsatones, the band, which performed before choosing the name The Ventures, is especially famous for the hits of the ’60s“ Walk, Don’t Run ”and“ Gawaii Five-O ”.

Ventures released two singles on their Blue Horizon label, including the 1960 version of “Walk, Run.” As the song became popular on local radio stations, the Seattle-based Dolton Records signed the band and re-released the single. It became a No. 2 hit nationwide, selling 2 million copies and consolidating its position as an instrumental standard. The new version of “Walk, Run ’64” is designed in the style of a surf guitar and is in the top 10.

Ventures included 38 albums and 14 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in the 1960s and 1970s. According to the Rock Hall bio, the productive band wasn’t afraid to try other musical styles and themes. Each song in the 1961 film “Colorful Enterprises” had a title, and the 1963 “Space Initiatives” featured a song about space, at which time NASA had a public perception of space.

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In 1963, they embarked on a surfing-music passion with another edition of Surfing, and as the rock went farther, they recorded several albums – Guitar Freakout (1967), Super Psychedelics (1967), and Flights. of Fantasy “. (1968) and “Underground Fire” (1968) – in the psychedelic style.

Ventures undoubtedly became their most indelible hit in 1969 when they recorded the theme of “Hawaii Five,” which brought them into the top five.

Wilson remained an active member of the band until his retirement in 2015, although he was involved in the band’s recordings and in 2020 worked as a producer for the documentary The Ventures: Stars on Guitars.

Contributions: Brandy McDonnell, The Oklahoman, and The



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