Born in Tacoma, Washington
Nokie Edwards (May 9, 1935- ), guitar
Don Wilson (February 10, 1933- ), guitar
Bob Bogle (January 16, 1934- ), bass guitar
Mel Taylor (September 24, 1933-August 11, 1996), drums
Recorded the singles 'Walk, Don't Run' (1960), 'Perfidia' (1960), 'Ram-Bunk-Shush' (1961), 'Walk, Don't Run '64' (1964) and 'Hawaii Five-O' (1969)
Recorded over 250 albums
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2008)
Why they might be annoying
Their first album was rushed out so fast, the cover features Liberty Records stockroom employees wearing sunglasses in place of the band.
Wilson commented, 'When I read that the Ventures are the pioneers of surf music, I go 'What?' We were never a surf group.'
John Durrill, their keyboard player in the late 60s and 70s, wrote the cheesy hit 'Dark Lady' for Cher (1974).
In the late 70s, they became the 'New Ventures,' a disco/rock band with female singers.
They became much bigger in Japan than America.
Why they might not be annoying
Their '2,000 Pound Bee' was the first single to feature fuzz guitar.
They outsold the Beatles 2 to 1 in Japan.
They were the first foreign members of Japan's Conservatory of Music.
They received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar Player magazine (1993).
So many guitarists learned by playing along with their albums they were called 'the band that launched a thousand bands.'
Credit: C. Fishel
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Year In Review:
For 2014, as of last week, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 13 Votes: 46.15% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 10 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 75 Votes: 45.33% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 19 Votes: 42.11% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 69 Votes: 36.23% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 36 Votes: 36.11% Annoying
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