Bob Bogle, one of the co-founders of the seminal instrumental rock outfit the Ventures, passed away on Sunday at a hospital in Washington. Bogle and Don Wilson founded the Ventures in 1958 after buying guitars at a pawn shop, and their cover of “Walk, Don’t Run” (above) peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 two years later. The Ventures would go on to become the best-selling instrumental rock band of all time, selling 100 million albums and seeing 38 of their albums chart between 1960 and 1972. “He and I were partners for, like, 52 years,” Wilson told the Tacoma News-Tribune. “And to tell you the honest truth, we had never, ever had an argument in all that time–never.” A few snippets of the band’s vast catalog after the jump.
Bogle, who had had been suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, was 75.
He made rock history with Tacoma’s Ventures [Tacoma News-Tribune]
Bob Bogle, R.I.P.
Jun 16th, 2009 // Comment