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Fly Away

“Fly Away” was originally a track on the Ventures 1968 album, “Flights of Fantasy”. This album featured mainly covers of currently popular material like “Scarborough Fair”, “Summertime Blues”, and “The Mighty Quinn”. “Fly Away” was one of the “filler” tracks. Songwriting credit is shared by the four band members, Don Wilson, Nokie Edwards, Bob Bogle and Mel Taylor.

By 1968, the music scene had progressed well beyond the Ventures’ basic rock’n’roll origins, and the Ventures had adapted their sound and approach to stay current. This tune was something of a throwback to their roots.

September 23, 2018 at 2:44 pm Leave a comment

Diem in Monimentum

“Diem in Monimentum” marks my return to Smooth Jazz. I’m not sure how long this return will last.

May 28, 2018 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment


“Relentless” is another original instrumental composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. With this one I tried to get a feel similar to the early 60’s style of surf rock and the Ventures.

May 27, 2018 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

Red River Rock

Red River Rock“, is an instrumental version of the cowboy ballad, “Red River Valley”. First recorded by Johnny and the Hurricanes, instrumental rock and roll band from Toledo, Ohio, it peaked at #5 in the USA and #3 in the UK in 1959.

In 1963 the Ventures released “The Ventures Play Telstar and the Lonely Bull” which consists entirely of cover versions of popular instrumentals from the late 50’s to early 60’s. “Red River Rock” is on that LP.

My arrangement is not a cover of either the original or the Ventures versions, but is very much in that style.

May 24, 2018 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment

Bumble Bee Twist

“Bumble Bee Twist” was a track on the Ventures 1962 album “Twist with the Ventures”. On the first pressings of the LP, this track was entitled “The Wasp”. Songwriting credit is given to members Don Wilson, Nokie Edwards, and Bob Bogle. However, it is clearly an adaptation of “Bumble Bee Boogie”, which is itself based on Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee”.

My arrangement is basically of cover of the Ventures version.

May 23, 2018 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment


“Josie” is the final cut on the Venture’s 1961 album, “Another Smash”. Written by founders Bob Bogle and Don Wilson, the title is a reference to rhythm guitarist Don Wilson’s mother, Josie Wilson. The reason for the tribute is that she was an important supporter and promoter of the Venture’s early efforts.

She produced their first demo recordings herself when no commercial backers could be found. While Wilson and Bogle worked day jobs, Josie went around to radio stations and concert promoters with their demo records. She remained a co-producer and business manager until her death at 91 in 2007.

I would describe my version as a “loose cover” of the original.


May 22, 2018 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment

Wooly Bully

“Wooly Bully” was the Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs first and biggest hit. It was a worldwide success, selling three million copies and reaching No. 2 on the American Hot 100 chart in 1965. It stayed in the Hot 100 for 18 weeks, the longest time for any entry that year, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. It was Billboard’s “Number One Record of the Year” despite never reaching No. 1.

The Ventures included an instrumental version of the song on their 1965 album, “Ventures A Go-Go”. Considering that the lyrics of the original are both fairly unintelligible and nonsensical, it does seem a good candidate for an instrumental approach.

My arrangement was inspired by the Ventures version but is not a cover.


May 21, 2018 at 2:17 pm Leave a comment

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