Bob Bogle 1934-2009

Co-founder of seminal instrumental rock band The Ventures Bob Bogle died Sunday after suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma; he was 75.

“If you listen to ‘Walk, Don’t Run’ and ‘Perfidia,’ the lead guitar is just totally unique,” Wilson said. “He used that vibrato bar — they call it a whammy bar — and he used it like nobody else.” —— Ventures guitarist and co-founder Don Wilson

From The Ventures Website:
It is with profound sadness and grief that we must inform Ventures' fans all over the world that Bob Bogle passed away on Sunday, June 14. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob's family at this terrible time, especially his beloved wife, Yumi, who has been the light of his life for so many years. The Ventures' members are completely devasted, and share the pain of this loss with all our friends and fans. As more information becomes available, it will be posted here, and we hope to set up a section on this site for messages from those who wish to post them.

The music world has lost a true original and an innovator - may all our wonderful memories console us.
Play Guitar With the Ventures
"Walk Don't Run" was one of the first songs I learned on guitar — from the LP Play Guitar With The Ventures — and The Ventures influenced my choice of the Fender Jazzmaster since the Mosrite Ventures model was and still is pricey, but the now-official Wilson Brothers Ventures model and Eastwood's Side Jack (and their copies of Tokai and Univox copies of the Mosrite) are well-received and very affordable alternatives to the originals.