The Ventures is an instrumental rock band and American surf music band formed in 1958.
They were in the early 1960s, very famous thanks to their interpretations of several themes such as Hawaii Five-o (of the series of the same name, in French: Hawaii State Police), including the famous piece of Surfaris, Wipe out. They have been part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2008.
Other members: George Babbitt (drummer in 1959), Skip Moore (drummer in 1960), Howie Johnson (drummer from 1960 to 1962, died in 1988), Joe Barile (drummer from 1973 to 1978), John Durrill (keyboards from 1969 to 1972).
Originally formed as The Versatones by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle (guitarists working in construction in Tacoma>, Washington), the group recorded in 1959, his first songs, The Real McCoy and Cookies And Coke, which However, they can not break through the charts. Reinforced by Nokie Edwards on bass and accompanied by Skip Moore on drums, they record a resumption of the Johnny Smith title, Walk Do not Run but that does not interest any producer. Under the leadership of Don Wilson's mother, they decided to create their own company, Blue Horizon Records, and promote their own pieces.