R.I.P. Bob Bogle

16 Jun

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Bob Bogle, lead guitarist for the legendary surf-rock band, The Ventures, lost a battle to leukemia at the age of 75. 

Considered pioneers of hard guitar laced, instrumental “surfer” rock of the very early 1960’s, The Ventures are the guys responsible for such surf-rock staples as:




Perhaps their most well known “hit” was courtesy of Steve McGarrett:

  Hawaii Five-O Theme

However, the genesis of surf-rock actually started with the Tacoma, Washington band’s release and hit of Walk, Don’t Run in 1960.

Typical of musical kun-NECK-shuns, Walk, Don’t Run was actually a cover for The Ventures.  The song was originally done by the one and only Chet Atkins. 

One of the bandmembers had been listening to the guitar impresario and it was decided to update Walk, Don’t Run to their signature sound.  The rest is history.  The Ventures (and Bob Bogle) were signficant influencers to many rock legends to come.  In 2008, they were indcuted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  Bob Bogle was too ill to attend.

  John Fogerty induction of The Venture  into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2008

So, a tip of the hat to one of the guitar legends of rock.  May he rest in peace.


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4 responses to “R.I.P. Bob Bogle

  1. john horner

    November 30, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    dear sir I have tried all over the net to find tabs for the ventures guitar boogie shuffle lead full vertion with no look could you help me please ive emailed your main site and had no reply i would love to play this great instamental there are other vertions or just the intro but there arnt as good r.i.p. bob hope to hear from you j horner ps if you havent got this vertion please help me get it thanks

  2. Tom Shaw

    January 31, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Thanks for remembering Bob Bogle. My wife and I got to hear the Ventures at BB King’s in NYC this week, January 2010. We missed out on hearing them with Bob a couple of years back. They are still an exciting live act. That is abundantly evident as they have been touring Japan since seemingly the beginning of time. That they are not as in demand in the US says much about our fickleness as a society. I urge music lovers to go see them now while we still have them, you will be glad you did.

    This is a remarkable group of people not simply musicians. They, Bob Bogle and Don Wilson, did not set out to conquer the world, they just played music that pleased their audience. And they pleased almost any and every audience. Why is/was that? I think it was because they are good people first and musicians second. What other band has been together for 50 years and… this is the kicker, you’ve never heard of a falling out among them? That explains much about these men and their music. They are very much a musical family and we saw direct evidence of that having met them.

    We had the privilege of meeting Don Wilson, Bob Spalding, Nokie Edwards, Leon Taylor and Fiona Taylor the Ventures manager and wife of the late Mel Taylor. She does much to allow the men to concentrate on performing and she is a remarkable lady. (Gerry McGee continues to work and tour when needed but was not in the line-up when we saw them.) These are all the nicest and most giving people you will meet. They have received much attention and accolades and it is all deserved. They remain humble and considerate and that is a rarity.

    Long live the Ventures.

  3. Zeke

    May 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I grew up with the Ventures and the Shadows in the sixties.
    I love anything to do with the Ventures – great website.


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