Sad news for instrumental music lovers of the 1960’s who grew-up listening to The Ventures. Bob Bogle, guitarist, passed away today due to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at a hospital in Vancouver. Bob was one of the founding members of the band that had its beginnings in 1958.
The Ventures were such an influence on me and my family during the late 60’s. When I was very young, The Ventures “Let’s GO” was one of the few albums my siblings and I would rock-out to in our basement. The Venture’s instrumental surf music with songs such as “Walk Don’t Run”, “El Watusi”, “Walk Right In”, and “Hot Pastrami” had us kids jamming with our air guitars for hours. The memory I have still put’s a smile on this east coast kid who loved the surf music that The Ventures and Beach Boys produced.