Don Wilson was a founding member of the instrumental rock band, The Ventures! He formed the band with his friend Bob Bogle. Shortly after their first hit, “Walk Don’t Run,” Nokie Edwards, who was also interviewed for the NAMM Oral History program, joined the band. The band then went on to record dozens of albums, the theme for the TV show Hawaii Five-0, and perform live in concerts around the world every year for sixty years! All throughout that time, The Ventures inspired countless musicians to learn their songs, form a garage band, and follow their passion for music. While there is a very long list of those young musicians who became professionals (Joe Perry and Elton John to name just two) many others followed their passion by working in a music store or for an instrument manufacturer. Don and The Ventures had a lasting impact on music and the music products industry by inspiring us!
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