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)

Cruisin’ On A Friday Night

Cruisin’ (A Five Album Set)

Various Artists

Album One

Side One

Beach Boys – I Get Around
Orleans – Still the One
The Doobie Brothers – China Groove
Eddie Cochran – C’mon Everybody
Allman Brothers – Ramblin’ Man

Side Two

Jan & Dean – Dead Man’s Curve
Bobby Fuller Four – I Fought the Law
Sam & Dave – Soul Man
Tommy James & The Shondells – Mony Mony
Mason Williams – Classical Gas
Bay City Rollers – I Only Want to Be with You

Album Two

Side One

Steppenwolf – Born to Be Wild
Dion – The Wanderer
The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love
America – Ventura Highway
Beach Boys – Fun, Fun, Fun

Side Two

The Monkees – I’m a Believer
The Box Tops – Cry Like a Baby
Syndicate of Sound – Little Girl
Aretha Franklin – Chain of Fools
Ronny & The Daytones – Little G.T.O
Dwight Twilley Band – I’m On Fire

Album Three

Side One

Gene Pitney – It Hurts to Be in Love
The Contours – Do You Love Me
Wilson Pickett – Fire and Water
American Breed – Bend Me, Shape Me
The Guess Who – American Woman

Side Two

Fleetwood Mac – Go your Own Way
The Ventures – Walk – Don’t Run
Leslie Gore – California Nights
Paul Revere & The Raiders – Mr. Sun Mr. Moon
Connie Francis – Vacation
Jan & Dean – Drag City

Album Four

Side One

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Up around the Bend
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Travelin’ Band
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary

Side Two

Chuck Berry – No Particular Place to go
Soul Survivors – Expressway to Your Heart
Booker T & The MG’s – Green Onions
Edwin Starr – Expressway to Your Heart
Everly Bros. – Bird Dog
Golden Earring – Radar of Love

Album Five

Side One

The Rivieras – California Sun
Everly Bros. – Problems
Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night
Zager & Evans – In the Year 2525
Chuck Berry – Maybelline

Side Two

Little Eva – The Loco-motion
J.J. Jackson – But It’s Alright
Freddy Cannon – Abigail Beecher
Wilson Pickett – I’m a Midnight Mover
Buddy Holly – Oh Boy
Grass Roots – Midnight Confessions

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival was an American rock band that gained popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a number of successful singles drawn from various albums. The band consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, his brother and rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook, and drummer Doug Clifford.

The Best of Creedence Clearwater Revival

Side One

Proud Mary
Bad Moon Rising
Green River
Born on the Bayou
Midnight Special
Travelin’ Band
Who’ll Stop the Rain

Side Two

Lookin’ Out My Back Door
Up Around the Bend
Run Through the Jungle
Long As I See the Light
Good Golly Miss Molly
Down on the Corner
Fortunate Son
Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Hey Tonight