June 17, 2009 8:50 PM Subscribe
posted by CheeseDigestsAll (16 comments total)
R.I.P. Bob Bogle
Bogle, the lead guitarist for The Ventures
) died yesterday after a 12-year battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, though he lived to see the band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March of last year. The Ventures surf-guitar sound influenced a wide variety of musicians, from Peter Frampton to Marc Knopfler.
Bogle co-founded the group with Don Wilson in 1958, and they made their big splash covering the Chet Atkins tune Walk Don't Run
in 1960. While they faded from the American seen in the early 70's, there were occasional revivals of interest, as when the movie Pulp Fiction featured the classic surf sound, and the band remained intensely popular in Japan, outselling The Beatles 2:1.
The musical style they pioneered lives on in modern bands like The Aqua Velvets
, and in new and unusual combinations, such as the klezmer sound of Meshugga Beach Party
, or the Russian-influenced Igor & the Red Elvises