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)

How Well Do You Remember the ’80’s?

Hit Explosion

Various Artists

Side One

Toni Basil – Mickey
Go-Go’s – Vacation
Joe Jackson – Steppin’ Out
Haircut One Hundred – Favorite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)
Rod Stewart – Young Turks
The Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra

Side Two

Pat Benatar – Shadows of the Night
Laura Branigan – Gloria
Santana – Hold On
A Flock of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song
Rush – New World Man
REO Speedwagon – Keep the Fire Burnin’
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger