Posts filed under ‘Ventures’


This is my cover of “Wailin” which was originally released in 1960m by the Fabulous Wailers, a group from Tacoma, Washington. Also from Tacoma, in 1961 the Ventures included a version on their 2nd album.


September 24, 2019 at 11:51 am Leave a comment

Hodad Chaser

“Hodad Chaser” is an original instrumental intended to be in the style of early 1960s guitar rock similar to the Ventures. However, it features two lead guitar parts instead of just one.

September 11, 2019 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

The Horny Hodad

“The Horny Hodad” is an original instrumental intended to be in an early-1960s surf-rock, Ventures style.

August 25, 2019 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

Hoppin’ Hodad

“Hoppin’ Hodad” is an original instrumental intended to be in a mid-1960s surf-rock, Ventures style.

August 15, 2019 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

Mary Kay White

“Mary Kay White” is an original instrumental intended to be in the style of the Ventures. I wrote and recorded it on the occasion of receiving my Nash T-52 in Mary Kay White with gold anodized pickguard, which I selected to match my Nash Mary Kay S-57 and PB-57.

Mary Kaye was a real person, (January 9, 1924 – February 17, 2007) and was a guitarist and performer who was active from the 1940s through 1960s. Mary was photographed in a 1956 Fender promotional advertisement featuring a new Stratocaster. The white guitar with maple neck and gold hardware later became popularly known as “The Mary Kaye Strat.”

July 1, 2019 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

Ginza Lights

This is my cover of “Ginza Lights”, originally a track on the Ventures 1966 album, “Go With the Ventures”. This album is primarily covers of then recent hits like “Monday Monday”, “Good Lovin'”  and “Eight Miles High”.

“Ginza Lights” is one of the “filler” tracks — which I usually find more interesting — written by members of the group. An up-tempo rocker, songwriting credit in this case is shared by all four: Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, Mel Taylor and Don Wilson.

Ginza is a district of Tokyo, and is a popular upscale area of Tokyo, with numerous internationally renowned department stores, boutiques, and restaurants. By 1966, the Ventures were enormously popular in Japan (and they still are) and had already toured the country many times.

June 25, 2019 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

Lady of Spain

This is my arrangement of “Lady of Spain”. It was composed in 1931 by Tolchard Evans. The song is often played on the accordion; it was the theme song of Myron Floren, the accordionist on The Lawrence Welk Show. The song has also been covered vocally by Bing Crosby and as a guitar instrumental by Les Paul.

It never appeared on a Ventures album, but in 1961 their arrangement of the song was used as the “B-side” to their single “Blue Moon”.

May 31, 2019 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

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