The surf-guitar music Ventures co-founder Bob Bogle is riding the big wave in heaven.
Bogle, 75, lost his long battle with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma on Sunday in a hospital in Vancouver, Wa.
Bogle and Don Wilson formed the Ventures in 1958. Two years later, the band hit the charts with it’s version of Johnny Smith’s “Walk, Don’t Run,” and brought instrumental surf-music into the public eye.
In fact, “Walk Don’t Run” was so popular the band rereleased it in 1964.
From 1960-1972, the Ventures released a whopping 38 albums and rode the white wave of success with charting singles such as “Perfidia,” “Telstar/the Lonely Bull” and, of course, the “Theme from ‘Hawaii Five-O,'” to name a few.
On a personal note, one of my favorite Ventures tunes was its version of Neal Hefti’s “Batman.” In fact, my wife has a Ventures box-set collection.
So, guess what we’ll be listening to tonight?
Rest in peace Bob. Catch a wave for me.