Surfin’ Into The Sunset With The Ventures


The Ventures have had an indelible influence on a large number of musicians, both professionals and amateurs. Their instructional album, Play Guitar with the Ventures, was the first such record to chart on the Billboard Top LPs list, peaking at No. 96, and taught thousands of budding guitarists how to play the guitar.

John Fogerty, during his introduction of The Ventures at their Hall of Fame induction, said, “Walk, Don’t Run kicked open a whole movement in Rock and Roll… The sound of it became ‘surf music’ and the audacity of it empowered guitarists everywhere.” Gene Simmons was even an early member of the Ventures Fan Club and the following bands have been inspired by the Ventures:

The Beach Boys, Blondie, Dave and Ray Davies from The Kinks, Roger Fisher from Heart, Peter Frampton, The Go-Gos, John Fogerty from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Roger Glover from Deep Purple, George Harrison from The Beatles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Robby Krieger from the Doors, Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Lynne from Electric Light Orchestra, Brian May from Queen, The Ramones, Max Weinberg from The E Street Band, Alan White from Yes and Ricky Wilson from the B-52s. Long enough list for ya?

I believe these are the last few albums I have from the group:

The Ventures A Go-Go

Another Smash

Walk, Don’t Run Vol. 2

The Colorful Ventures

Self Titled (Two Different Albums)

3 thoughts on “Surfin’ Into The Sunset With The Ventures

  1. purplemary54 August 5, 2012 / 1:54 am

    Okay, I didn’t even know The Ventures had that many albums. This is kind of cool. Another act I’ll have to look up.

    • EricaFrances August 5, 2012 / 11:39 am

      It really is amazing how many albums they’ve put out!!

  2. purplemary54 August 5, 2012 / 2:09 pm

    Especially considering that there’s maybe one song by them that ever gets played on the radio (“Walk, Don’t Run” I think).

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