The Ventures are an American instrumental rock band formed in 1958 in Tacoma, Washington. The band, formed by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, two masonry workers, has had an enduring impact on the development of music worldwide, having sold over 120 million records, and are to date the best-selling instrumental band of all time. In 2008, the Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
More recently, the members received a high honor from the Japanese government: The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in recognition of their contribution to the development and enrichment of music culture in Japan, as well as to the promotion of cordial relations between Japan and the United States. They are the only band to receive this award and Clint Eastwood was the last American to get it.
Check out Don Wilson of the Ventures speaking out about the disasterous earthquake and tsumani in Japan:
The Ventures' music has been cited by many guitarists as an influence; their virtuosity, experimentation with guitar effects, and unique sound laid the groundwork for innumerable groups, earning them the moniker "The Band that Launched a Thousand Bands."(They have also contributed to the surf music genre, though they are not, as popularly perceived, strictly a surf band. Though their popularity in the United States waned in the 1970s, the group remains revered in Japan, where they still tour regularly to this day.
The Ventures have had an indelible influence on a large number of musicians, both professionals and amateurs. Their instructional album, Play Guitar with the Ventures, was the first such record to chart on the Billboard Top LPs list, peaking at #96, and taught thousands of budding guitarists how to play the guitar. George Harrison stated in a Guitar Player interview that he preferred the American guitar sound of The Ventures to British contemporaries. When asked to name the most influential rock guitar solos, Joe Walsh said he would have to include the entire song "Walk Don't Run" because it changed so many guitar players' lives. John Fogerty, during his introduction of The Ventures at their Hall of Fame induction, said, "[Walk Don't Run] kicked open a whole movement in Rock and Roll... The sound of it became 'surf music' and the audacity of it empowered guitarists everywhere." Stephen Stills told Ventures guitarist Don Wilson that he learned to play on Ventures records. Jeff Baxter and Gene Simmons were early members of the Ventures Fan Club.
About Two Car Garage
Long been considered the first garage bands, The Ventures and The Fabulous Wailers started in Tacoma, WA. Two Car Garage features seven songs by the Ventures, (with a saxophone for the first time on many of their tracks) seven songs by the Wailers, and four featuring members of both groups. These rare tracks feature the vocals of Don Wilson of the Ventures, and Kent Morrill of The Fabulous Wailers.
Be you a long time fan of the Ventures or the Wailers or just a fan of good music, this fifty year celebration of these two legendary bands belongs in your collection.