Don Wilson, co-founder and guitarist for the instrumental group The Ventures, has died. He was 88 years old.
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Wilson died Saturday in Tacoma of natural causes, surrounded by his four children, The News Tribune reported.
The band scored hits with “Walk, Don’t Run” and the theme song for the TV series “Hawaii Five-O.” They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
“Our father was an incredible guitar player who played to people all over the world with his band, The Ventures,” his son Tim Wilson said in a statement.
“He will have his place in history forever and he was so loved and loved. We will miss him,” he added.
In the 1960s and 1970s, 38 of the albums made it to the charts in the United States.
The Ventures had 14 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. They are the best-selling instrumental band in history, with more than 100 million.
“Walk, Don’t Run” was number two on the charts in 1960.
The band’s founders, Bob Bogle and Wilson, were bricklayers when they bought guitars and chord books at a Tacoma trinket store in 1958.
“They were very cheap guitars and they went out of tune all the time,” Wilson recalled years later. “But we wanted to learn.”
The following year they formed the Ventures, adding Nokie Edwards on bass and Howie Johnson on drums.
Johnson broke his neck in a car accident in 1961 and died in 1988. Skip Moore played drums on “Walk Don’t Run.” Mel Taylor joined later, and Edwards took over guitar in 1962.
The band continued to give concerts although its members varied, but Wilson was the only one who remained constant. There wasn’t a tour he didn’t participate in until he retired in 2015, according to the family statement.
With AP information