Don Wilson, of the Ventures, RIP

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Michedelic, Jan 23, 2022.

  1. Michedelic

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  2. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    How cool were The Ventures?!?
    RIP, sir...
     
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  3. matty1039

    matty1039

    Oct 26, 2015
    New Orleans
    That's terrible news. I was in a Ventures/Oldies band for a while. I always tell people learning their songs was like a master class in fundamentals.
     
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  4. Michedelic

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    Well, in a way it was, until the heavier music came in….
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    That documentary is great, by the way. It’s interesting that even with their own Shadows as idols, that the British kids were impacted. Then there was Japan.
     
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  5. matty1039

    matty1039

    Oct 26, 2015
    New Orleans
    It was heavy all along. They just needed some dirt.

     
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  6. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    I watched this over the Great Covid-break-from-work in 2020...apparently, The Ventures were huge in Japan.
     
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  7. Michedelic

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    As big, if not bigger, than the Beatles. There are all sorts of Japan only releases, and their popularity there sustained their careers on into the 70’s and 80’s until an interest in instrumental/surf picked up again.
     
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  8. Michedelic

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    The irony is…even though there were recordings with accidental fuzz, like Marty Robbin’s “Don’t Worry About Me”, and plenty of tracks with overdriven amps from Howlin’ Wolf to Link Wray were heard, the Ventures used the newly manufactured Mosrite Fuzzrite on their single, “The 2000 Pound Bee”…

    A young Jimmy Page heard it, and talked an electronics experimenter, Roger Mayer, into building one for him, with his buddy Jeff Beck getting on board as well. Mayer went on to work with Jimi Hendrix on the Fuzzface and Octavia, so the race towards British buzz inadvertently started with the Ventures.
     
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  9. Sad to hear.
    The Ventures’ Telstar album was the first full size LP I bought as a kid in the ‘60s, and many more after that.
    I may be mistaken, but I think Dan was the last of the Ventures left when he died.
    RIP….
     
  10. Michedelic

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    Come to think of it…surf with distortion? Nothing new, Agent Orange has been doing that for 40 years….
     
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  11. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    Iconoclastic band who's influence transcended genres.
    RIP, DW. Thanks for the great music.
     
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  12. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern Suspended

    Little known fact, the Go-Go’s gave them a tune…
     
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