The Ventures’ guitarist Bob Bogle dies

He was 75

The Ventures‘ lead guitarist, Bob Bogle, died this weekend in Tacoma, Washington. He was 75.

The co-founder of the American instrumental rock band, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, was reportedly struck ill over the weekend and died on Sunday (June 13), reports the Associated Press.

During their lengthy career, The Ventures sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. They are credited with heavily influencing the surf music genre, and were known as “The Band that Launched a Thousand Bands“.


One of their biggest hits was the theme from popular television series ‘Hawaii Five-O’. They also hit Number Two on the US Billboard chart in 1960 with ‘Walk, Don’t Run’.

Bogle, a former masonry worker, co-founded The Ventures with Don Wilson in 1958 in their native Tacoma.

–By our Los Angeles staff.