Just curious....everytime I see news about inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I can't help but think about why the instrumental group "The Ventures" haven't been inducted yet. For those of you who don't know who they are, they're one of the original guitar based instrumental groups in the US, starting out in the early '60s. Perhaps the tune "Walk Don't Run" or "Hawaii Five-O" or "Surf Rider" featured in the movie "Pulp Fiction" might ring a bell. AND, they're still on tour after more than 40 years (although drummer Mel Taylor has passed on and more recently, bass player Bob Bogle has stopped touring). I'm pretty sure many of the guitar players of the '60s and '70s will tell you that The Ventures must have been of some influence. They were a major influence on most of the local bands I knew growing up in the '60s. Listen to Nokie Edwards' guitar solos in the "Live in Japan '65" album (like "Wipeout") and see what you think. It took me 40 years to finally see them live, but WOW! they're terrific. If being inducted has anything to do with records sales, then something's wrong; check this link out: http://www.theventures.com/links/fct_lnk.htm Also, check out the info in the induction letter at this site (it lists artists who claim being influenced by the Ventures). http://www.sandcastlevi.com/ventures/f_ventures.html Anway this post is getting too long, and unless you're older like me, you may not care....thanks for listening to my rant.