** BREAKING NEWS! **

On March 10, 2008, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame formally inducted The Ventures into the Hall of Fame. The Ventures were introduced by John Fogarty, who recognized the immense influence that they had on him and other would-be guitarists during the 1960s. Co-founder Don Wilson accepted induction on his own behalf and for the band, noting the role that his late mother, Josie Wilson, played in the band's earliest recordings. Legendary lead guitarist Nokie Edwards also accepted induction on his own behalf. Bob Spalding, the band's current bass guitarist, accepted on behalf of co-founder Bob Bogle, who was unable to attend the ceremonies. Fiona Taylor (widow) and Leon Taylor (son) of the late Mel Taylor accepted on Mel's behalf. Lastly, former Ventures keyboardist John Durrill accepted on behalf of current lead guitarist Gerry McGee, who was also unable to attend. Following the formalities, The Ventures performed perhaps their two best known hits, "Walk Don't Run" and "Hawaii Five-0", the second number being performed with full orchestral accompaniment. Heartfelt congratulations go to The Ventures on this milestone in their 50-year career. Their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been a long time coming, but it helps to validate their standing as the No. 1 Instrumental Rock and Roll Band in the World. Incidentally, the other 2008 inductees into the Hall of Fame were Madonna, John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, The Dave Clark Five, song writing team Gamble and Huff, and early influential blues musician Little Walter. You can see a few screen captures from the televised induction ceremonies by clicking here.


Final Summary of Votes Cast to Induct

The Ventures (logo)

into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Through December 13, 2007

United States:                        Central/South America:      
  Alabama .............    62           Argentina ..........     9
  Alaska ..............     8           Belize .............     1
  Arizona .............    74           Bolivia ............     2
  Arkansas ............    35           Brazil .............    47
  California ..........   551           Costa Rica .........     1
  Colorado ............    65           Ecuador ............     1
  Connecticut .........    60           El Salvador ........     1
  Delaware ............    21           Guatemala ..........     2
  District of Columbia      5           Mexico .............    63
  Florida .............   216           Peru ...............     3
  Georgia .............   124           Uruguay ............     3
  Hawaii ..............    26                                     
  Idaho ...............    21         Caribbean:                  
  Illinois ............   152           Curacao ............     1
  Indiana .............   105           Dominican Republic .     4
  Iowa ................    25           Puerto Rico ........    13
  Kansas ..............    40           Virgin Islands .....    44
  Kentucky ............    52                                     
  Louisiana ...........    34         Europe:                     
  Maine ...............    39           Austria ............     2
  Maryland ............    74           Belgium ............     9
  Massachussetts ......   134           Croatia ............     1
  Michigan ............   119           Czech Republic .....     3
  Minnesota ...........    51           Denmark ............    15
  Mississippi .........    24           Finland ............    18
  Missouri ............    80           France .............    12
  Montana .............    17           Germany ............    24
  Nebraska ............    36           Greece .............     1
  Nevada ..............    31           Holland ............    30
  Hew Hampshire .......    32           Hungary ............     2
  New Jersey ..........   126           Ireland ............     2
  New Mexico ..........    33           Italy ..............     5
  New York ............   250           Norway .............     6
  North Carolina ......    89           Poland .............     1
  North Dakota ........    19           Portugal ...........     2
  Ohio ................   236           Russia .............     6
  Oklahoma ............    50           Slovak Republic ....     1
  Oregon ..............    79           Spain ..............     2
  Pennsylvania ........   164           Sweden .............    34
  Rhode Island ........    18           Switzerland ........     5
  South Carolina ......    43           Turkey .............     2
  South Dakota ........    12           United Kingdom .....   170
  Tennessee ...........   306                                     
  Texas ...............   259         Asia:                       
  Utah ................    22           Brunei .............     1
  Vermont .............     7           Hong Kong ..........     4
  Virginia ............   109           India ..............    38
  Washington ..........   172           Israel .............     1
  West Virginia .......    31           Japan ..............    46
  Wisconsin ...........    67           Kazakhstan .........     1
  Wyoming .............     9           Malaysia ...........    15
  State Not Given .....   278           Maldives ...........     1
                        -----           Singapore ..........    12
North America:                          South Korea ........     5
  United States Total . 4,692           Taiwan .............     2
  Canada ..............   341           Thailand ...........     2
                                        United Arab Emirates     1

                                      Africa:                     
                                        Djibouti ...........     1
                                        Reunion Islands ....     1
                                        South Africa .......    11
                                                                  
                                      Australia/Oceania:          
                                        Australia ..........    38
                                        Guam ...............    15
                                        Indonesia ..........     2
                                        New Zealand ........     6
                                        Philippines ........    13
                                                                  
                                      Country Not Given ....   102
                                                             -----
                                      Total Votes Cast ..... 5,900
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