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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.

Petition Letter

TO: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation                          
    c/o Susan Evans                                                    
    1290 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor                             
    New York, NY 10104                                                 
I am writing to cast my vote in favor of the induction of The Ventures 
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Ventures are universally      
recognized as being the No. 1 Instrumental Rock and Roll Band of the   
1960s and, indeed, of all time.  No one else even comes close to their 
record of achievements.                                                
In 1960, Bob Bogle and Don Wilson, the original Ventures, were joined  
by Nokie Edwards and Skip Moore to record "Walk, Don't Run," which     
hit Billboard's Single Chart on July 18, 1960 and peaked at No. 2,     
being beat to the No. 1 position only by Elvis Presley's "It's Now or  
Never."  Since that spectacular beginning, The Ventures -- later joined
by Howie Johnson, Mel Taylor, Joe Barile, John Durrill, and Gerry McGee
-- have gone on to help define an often-overlooked branch of rock and  
roll music -- instrumental rock.  The following are just some of their 
many accomplishments in this area (please see the footnotes):          
o Ranked #4 among all-time instrumental artists on Billboard's Single  
  Charts. [1]                                                          
o Ranked #6 among all 1960s artists on Billboard's Album Charts. [2]   
o Ranked #26 among all-time artists on Billboard's Album Charts. [2]   
o Ranked #20 in most albums on Billboard's Album Charts with 37. [2]   
o Ranked #379 among all-time artists on Billboard Single's Charts. [1] 
o "Walk, Don't Run" is one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Top 500 
  Hits of all time. [3]                                                
o 1960 to 1969, placed 14 singles on Billboard's Single Charts. [1]    
o Gold singles: Walk Don't Run (1960), Walk Don't Run '64 (1964),      
  Hawaii Five-O (1969). [1]                                            
o 1960 to 1972, placed 37 albums on Billboard's Album Charts,          
  including 5 during 1963. [2]                                         
o Gold albums: Telstar and the Lonely Bull (1963), Golden Greats       
  (1967), Hawaii Five-O (1969). [2]                                    
o 235 albums released worldwide and counting.                          
o 1960 to 1973, sold nearly 1 million albums per year in the U.S.      
o Sales in Japan in excess of 31 million units and counting.           
o Collective worldwide sales in excess of 100 million units and        
o Successfully adapted their unique guitar style to countless changes  
  in musical trends.                                                   
o Released an acclaimed set of instructional records with the "Play    
  Guitar with The Ventures" series.                                    
o Cited affectionately as "the group that launched a thousand bands."  
o Credited with popularizing rock and roll and the electric guitar in  
o 1971, first non-Japanese ever elected to the Japanese Conservatory   
  of Music (top 10 list of composers).                                 
o 1990, inducted into the Washington State Music Hall of Fame.         
o 1996, inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.                         
o 1996, invited to participate in the Smithsonian Institution's        
  celebration of the development of the electric guitar.               
o 1996, honored by Fender Guitars with a limited-edition line of       
  signature guitars.                                                   

o 2004, were among 156 individuals and organizations honored by the    
  government of Japan for having contributed to the development of the 
  Japanese culture (including music) and to the maintenance of the     
  friendly relationship between the United States and Japan.           
o 2006, were honored by the Grammy Hall of Fame, which added "Walk     
  Don't Run" by The Ventures to their list of the most influential     
  songs in the history of music.                                       
Perhaps even more significantly, the following is a partial list of    
leading entertainers who, according to interviews and other media      
sources, either learned to play by listening to or were influenced by  
The Ventures (please see the footnotes):                               
o B-52s [6]                        o Cyndi Lauper [6]                  
o Jeff Baxter [4]                  o Steve Lukather [6]                
  (Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers)       (Toto)                            
o Lindsey Buckingham [6]           o Jeff Lynn [6]                     
  (Fleetwood Mac)                    (Travelling Wilburys/ELO)         
o Jeff Cook [6]                    o Jimmy Paige [6]                   
  (Alabama)                          (Led Zeppelin)                    
o Rick Derringer [4]               o Buster Poindexter [4]             
  (The McCoys/Edgar Winter Band)                                       
                                   o The Pretenders [4]                
o Dire Straits [6]                                                     
                                   o Joey and Marky Ramone [4]         
o Elliot Easton [4]                  (The Ramones)                     
  (The Cars)                                                           
                                   o Gene Simmons [6]                  
o Dave Edmunds [6]                   (Kiss)                            
o Mick Fleetwood [6]               o Paul Simonon [6]                  
  (Fleetwood Mac)                    (The Clash)                       
o John Fogerty [6]                 o Stephen Stills [6]                
  (Credence Clearwater Revival)                                        
                                   o Kathy Valentine [6]               
o Peter Frampton [4]                 (The GoGos)                       
o George Harrison [6]              o Rick Vito [6]                     
  (The Beatles)                      (Jackson Brown                    
                                              /Fleetwood Mac)          
o Billie Idol [6]                  o Joe Walsh [6]                     
o Eric Johnson [5]                 o Max Weinberg [4]                  
                                     (E Street Band)                   
o Robert Kreiger [4]                                                   
  (The Doors)                                                          
It can be said that the true hallmark of The Ventures is their         
durability and longevity, as they continue to this day to perform, to  
record, and to inspire fans, like they have done for nearly four       
decades.  During their successful career, they have played an integral 
role in helping to forge the history of rock and roll music, primarily 
through their influence on the careers and styles of other musicians.  
After the countless recording sessions that have produced hundreds of  
classic tracks, the thousands of memorable performances on tours of    
numerous countries, the generations of musicians motivated to learn the
guitar and drums, the good and the lean times, and the passing of      
friends, The Ventures have indeed seen it all.                         
I feel that induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame would be a   
fitting tribute and a crowning achievement for this legendary band,    
because recognition of their tremendous contribution is long overdue.  
Therefore, I wholeheartedly support The Ventures' induction into the   
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.                                            
                                    Induct The Ventures!               
                                    [Your Name]                        
                                    [Your Mailing Address]             
                                    [Your Email Address]               
[1] Joel Whitburn's "Billboard Top Pop Singles 1955-1993" (Record      
    Research Inc., 1994)                                               
[2] Joel Whitburn's "Billboard Top Pop Albums 1995-1996" (Record       
    Research Inc., 1996)                                               
[3] Rock and Roll Hall of Fame web page at            
[4] Ventures 30th Anniversary Super Session video                      
[5] Eric Johnson web page at   
[6] Various press reports, magazine articles, and interviews           

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