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    Voosh is offline
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    Another geetar fella passed

    Not a household name. BUT! ya heard him playin' many times.

    https://www.theadvocate.com/acadiana...07dd46855.html






    And, Yes, that was Gerry playing on the first big hit from a goofy TV show.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4FIu4Xj16I


    The Ventures had some great backups over the years. Bob Spalding joined in with Gerry - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Spalding_(musician)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_1wKJevdOk
    Yeah, Yeah - IMHO

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    Voosh is offline
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    Re: Another geetar fella passed

    Gerry unplugged -

    Yeah, Yeah - IMHO

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    Re: Another geetar fella passed

    Loved the Ventures while I was growing up!

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    KevinS is online now
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    Re: Another geetar fella passed

    I didn't know how popular the Ventures were in Japan. At a minimum, there would have been no problem translating or adapting lyrics.

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    cec1 is offline
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    Re: Another geetar fella passed

    Thanks, Voosh . . . lookin’ for the “like” button!

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    Izzy is offline
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    Re: Another geetar fella passed

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    I didn't know how popular the Ventures were in Japan. At a minimum, there would have been no problem translating or adapting lyrics.
    Beloved Invaders, a film from the 1965 Japan tour is a not-to-be-missed classic from the beginnings of when the Ventures became BIG in Japan....

    Here are the live performances featured in Part 1 and Part 2 of Beloved Invaders. The opening credit sequence alone (starting st 0:26 on in part 1) is enough to make this memorable but the concert footage is the real archival draw. The Ventures Japan 65 live album is among the great rock live albums.

    Beloved Invaders features the classic early line up so Nokie Edwards is the lead guitarist - the other members are Don Wilson (rhythm), Bob Bogle (bass) and Mel Taylor (drums). Only Wilson (born in 1933) is alive. Nokie Edwards and Gerry McGee alternated and sometimes performed together in various lineups of the Ventures after 1968.

    Here is the Ventures with Japanese lyrics from the 1970's. For the Ventures' takes on Japanese folk and pop tunes, look for their Pops in Japan albums:
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    Voosh is offline
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    Re: Another geetar fella passed

    The Ventures - A classic, real bunch of guitar heroes. Yep. Japan Live '65 - ultimate early rock, stage instrumental album.

    Gerry was from the bayou school of music. I hope I can just walk on & play this way when I'm 80.


    Yeah, Yeah - IMHO

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    Izzy is offline
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    Re: Another geetar fella passed

    Quote Originally Posted by Voosh View Post
    The Ventures - A classic, real bunch of guitar heroes...
    And a drum hero - Mel Taylor .

    The drum solo in Caravan (a staple of their shows) which is mainly played behind off-stage footage (11:22) in Part 2 of the Beloved Invaders videos above is one of the highlights of japan 65 as his work on Wipe Out which is in the Part 1 video and also can be found as.a standalone here.

    Here
    is a version of Caravan from 1984 in a line up that has Nokie Edwards on lead and Gerry McGee on bass (drum solo begins at 1:22):
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pz0sFZVjOZI

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    Hawke is offline
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    Re: Another geetar fella passed

    Thanks Izzy and Voosh. I always go back to music sites when either of you bring up the artists of the past. Graet memories.

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