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R.I.P. The Ventures’ Bob Bogle

Bob Bogle – the co-founder of legendary Tacoma garage-rock band, the Ventures, and the architect behind the distinctive guitar sound of early hits "Walk, Don’t Run" and "Perfidia" – has died.

Bogle, a resident of Vancouver, Wash., was 75 when he died on Sunday. He suffered from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and became too frail to play with the Ventures in his waning years. But he lived long enough to see his band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2008.

"Thank God that they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before Bob’s passing so that he had the joy of that long overdue and well-deserved recognition," said Seattle rock legend Pat O’Day, who helped break the Ventures as a DJ for KJR-AM in 1960.

"Bogle was a remarkable musician," he said. "He will be missed but he sure left his footprint on the sidewalk of rock n’ roll and he’ll be appreciated forever."

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The Ventures debut on the South Sound Mix Tape

The South Sound Mix Tape just didn’t seem complete without something from the Ventures. You know, only the biggest and most influential band to hail from T-town. The version of “Surf Rider” I just posted comes from “Two Car Garage,” the 50th anniversary CD they recorded with fellow hometown heroes, the Wailers.

You can also click here to listen to some of my most recent interview clips with the Ventures’ Don Wilson and the Wailers’ Buck Ormsby …

or here for a recap and set list from the 50th anniversary

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