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The Ventures
Alternative Name The Versatones
The New Ventures
Group Members Don Wilson
Nokie Edwards
Gerry McGee
Bob Spalding
Leon Taylor
Ian Spalding
Luke Griffin
Past Group Members Bob Bogle
Howie Johnson
Mel Taylor
John Durrill
Joe Barile
Dave Carr
Biff Vincent
Leisha Soukary
Jonell Calendar
George T. Babbitt, Jr.
Paul Warren
Nokie Edwards
Don Wilson
Gerry McGee
JD Hoag
Harvey Wicklund
Music Genre(s) Instrumental rock
surf rock
Music Genre Pop/Rock
Origin Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Tacoma, Washington, United States
Year(s) Active 1958–present
Record Label Dolton
United Artists
GNP Crescendo
Blue Horizon
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The Ventures are an American instrumental rock band, formed in 1958 in Tacoma, Washington, by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle. The band, a quartet for most of its existence, helped to popularize the electric guitar in the United States and across the world during the 1960s. While their popularity in the United States waned in the 1970s, the group remains especially revered in Japan, where they tour regularly to this day. The classic lineup of the band consisted of Wilson (rhythm guitar), Bogle (initially lead guitar, switched to bass), Nokie Edwards(initially bass, switched to lead guitar), and Mel Taylor (drums).

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