Archive for March 24, 2018

Lonely Heart

This song, written by members Bob Bogle and and Don Wilson, was on the Ventures 1961 album, “Another Smash”. It was also used as the “B”-side to their hit single “Ram-Bunk-Shush”. My rendition follows the original but is not a note-for-note cover.


March 24, 2018 at 6:09 pm Leave a comment


“Ginchy” was written by and was a 1961 UK hit for British guitarist Bert Weedon (1920 – 2012). It was also used by the Ventures in the same year as the “B” side to their single “Lullaby of the Leaves”.

Bert Weedon was a very successful session, studio guitarist and sideman in the 1950s and 60s. Unlike many of his peers, he embraced rock’n’roll and in 1959 was the first British guitarist to have a hit record in the UK Singles Chart. He was the first artist to record “Apache”, although his version did not do as well as subsequent versions by the Shadows and Jorgen Ingmann.

Weedon also published in 1957 a very successful guitar method called “Play in a Day”. Many British guitarists were influenced by his method and his playing method, including Eric Clapton, Brian May, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards, Sting, Hank Marvin, Mark Knopfler and Jimmy Page.

My arrangement is based more on the Ventures’ approach than Weedon’s original.

March 24, 2018 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

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