September 12, 2012
If at first you succeed, try try again. That saying for the Ventures worked out very well.
The Ventures are now members of The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and the most successful single of their career was their first chart hit. “Walk Don’t Run” reached number two on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart during the summer of 1960.
By 1964, they had not had a chart single in over a year and so decided to update their biggest hit and appropriately titled it, “Walk Don’t Run ’64.” The music was better than the idea and it reached number eight on the BILLBOARD Singles Chart during the summer of 1964, proving that a good song is always a good song.
October 11, 2009
The Ventures are now members of The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and I’m trying to think of another instrumental goup that has been so honored.
They were originally from the northwest and were made up of lead guitarist Bob Bogle, rhythm guitarist Don Wilson, bassist Nokie Edwards and drummer Howie Johnson.
“Walk Don’t Run” was their first chart hit and also their biggest reaching number two in July of 1960. It was a unique and clever cover of the Johnny Smith penned tune. “Walk Don’t Run 64” would also be a top ten hit four years later proving that a good song is always a good song.
The Ventures always treaded the line between rock and pop successfully and this release was no exception. They had the ability to interpret songs in unique ways and were one of very few instrumental groups to have a long and successful career. They have released dozens of albums and are still a functioning group today.
“Walk Don’t Run” is approaching the fifty year mark and remains one of the better instrumental songs in rock ‘n’ roll history.