Bob Bogle, the guitarist for The Ventures, died recently in Vancouver, Washington, after a long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 75.
One of American music’s most successful instrumental groups, The Ventures enjoyed a slew of hits including “Walk—Don’t Run,” a version of the Hawaii Five-O theme, “Perfida,” and numerous instrumental remakes of classics including “I Walk the Line” and the themes from Batman and Shaft. The band generated six Top 40 singles throughout the 1960s.
Bogle’s nimble playing proved exceptionally influential on rock ‘n’ roll guitarists. With a clean tone equally capable of evoking recklessness and virtuosic control, Bogle helped to define the early sound of the rock guitar.
As a resounding testament to their contributions, The Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.