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Benny & Barney

“Benny & Barney” is an original composition intended to be in the style of 1960s guitar instrumentals like surf rock or the Ventures.

September 22, 2020 at 7:41 am 1 comment

Comin’ Home Baby

This is my cover of “Comin’ Home Baby”, which was the “B-side” to the Ventures 1966 single, “Blue Star”. The song was written by Ben Tucker and Robert Dorough. As far as I can determine, it was never released on any Ventures album in the 1960s. It has been included on a “collector” album released in Japan in 1980. The Ventures also included it in their live shows.

September 20, 2020 at 7:27 am Leave a comment

Move Along

“Move Along” is an instrumental track intended to evoke the style of an early 1960s album track by the Ventures.

September 15, 2020 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

Walkin’ Silly, Rockin’ Willy

“Walkin’ Silly, Rockin’ Willy” is an original composition intended to be in the style of 1960s guitar instrumentals like the Ventures did. In particular, this one pays tribute to the 12-bar blues-based tracks frequently used to fill out albums.

September 13, 2020 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

Pepper’s Blues

Pepper’s Blues” is an original 12-bar blues in a jazzy, swing, classic rock style. I played the guitar and bass parts (on screeen) and programmed the drum and organ parts.

September 5, 2020 at 7:33 am Leave a comment

Riding in the Shadows

“Riding in the Shadows” is an original instrumental intended to be in the style of the Shadows.

August 31, 2020 at 8:09 am Leave a comment

In No Hurry

“In No Hurry” is an original composition intended to be in the style of 1960s guitar instrumentals like the Ventures. This one has a bit of country/rockabilly vibe.

August 25, 2020 at 7:54 am Leave a comment

Tres Quatro Seis Ocho

“Tres Quatro Seis Ocho” is an original instrumental composition intended to be similar in style to the Shadows.

 

August 21, 2020 at 8:02 am Leave a comment

Theme from “High Noon”

This is my instrumental cover of the theme from “High Noon” – “Do Not Forsake Me”.

It was published in 1952, with music by Dimitri Tiomkin and lyrics by Ned Washington.

It is the theme song of the classic western movie “High Noon” (and titled onscreen as such in the film’s opening credits as sung by Tex Ritter), with its tune repeated throughout the film. It was awarded the 1952 Academy Award for Best Original Song.

A group called the “Venturas” (which featured Bobby Fuller) released a version as a “b-side” called “High Noon Rumble” in 1961. The Shadows recorded a version on their 1982 album “Life in the Jungle”.

I play the lead part on my Baritone guitar.

 

August 18, 2020 at 8:02 am Leave a comment

Pasos en las Sombras

“Pasos en las Sombras” is an original instrumental intended to be in the style of the Shadows…more specifically in the “quasi-Hispanic” style of their tunes “Guitar Tango” and “Fandango” and their EP “Los Shadows”.

 

August 14, 2020 at 8:11 am Leave a comment

Men in Grey Suits

“Men in Grey Suits” is an original composition intended to be in the style of 1960s guitar instrumentals like surf rock or the Ventures.

August 13, 2020 at 7:43 am Leave a comment

Morning Shadows

“Morning Shadows” is an original instrumental composition intended to be similar in style to the Shadows.

August 7, 2020 at 7:55 am Leave a comment

Venture a Guess

“Venture a Guess” is an original composition intended to be in the style of 1960s guitar instrumentals like the Ventures.

August 6, 2020 at 7:53 am Leave a comment

Let’s Twist Again

This is my Ventures-inspired instrumental cover of “Let’s Twist Again”, which was written by Kal Mann and Dave Appell, and released as a single by Chubby Checker. One of the biggest hit singles of 1961, it reached No.8 on the U.S. Billboard pop chart and No.2 in the U.K. in February. The song refers to the Twist dance craze and Checker’s 1960 single “The Twist”, a U.S. No.1 single in 1960.

The Ventures included a version on “Twist with the Ventures” their fifth studio album, released in 1962 on Dolton Records.  The album consists mostly of instrumental versions of popular dance tunes from the late 1950s to early 1960s, with a couple of original compositions. It was on the charts for 29 weeks and it peaked at # 24.

August 4, 2020 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment

The Untouched Shadow

“The Untouched Shadow” is an original instrumental composition intended to be similar in style to the Shadows.

 

August 3, 2020 at 8:01 am Leave a comment

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