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Don Wilson dies at 88

DON Wilson of guitarist band The Ventures passed away Saturday at the age of 88.

The band’s co-founder and rhythm guitarist has died of natural causes, surrounded by his four children in Tacoma.

Don Wilson has passed away at the age of 88

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Don Wilson has passed away at the age of 88Credit: Getty
Wilson [far-left] is the rhythm guitarist for the instrumental band The Ventures

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Wilson [far-left] is the rhythm guitarist for the instrumental band The VenturesCredit: Getty

The Ventures had hits including Walk, Don’t Run and the theme song for Hawaii Five-O. In 2008, they were introduced in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“Our father was an amazing rhythm guitar player who touched people all over the world with his band The Ventures,” Wilson’s son, Tom, said in a statement.

“He will have his place in history forever and be loved and appreciated by many. He will be issued. ”

The band’s more than 38 albums charted in the United States from the 1960s to early 1970s. The Ventures had 14 singles on the Billboard’s Hot 100 and sold more than 100 million records.

They are considered the best-selling instrumental band of all time.

Founders Bob Bogle and Wilson initially worked as bricklayers before making guitars and chord books at Tacoma pawn shop in 1958.

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“They’re just really cheap guitars,” says Wilson. “They don’t get along very well. But we want to learn. “

The duo formed Joint Venture within a year, adding Nokie Edwards on bass and Howie Johnson on drums.

Johnson then broke his neck in 1961, was replaced by Skip Moore and then Mel Taylor in 1962 to complete the classic lineup.

Despite numerous lineup changes over the years, Wilson remained the same, never missing a tour until retiring in 2015.

Wilson [left] died of natural causes and was surrounded by his four children

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Wilson [left] died of natural causes and was surrounded by his four childrenCredit: AP
While on the Venture, Wilson never missed a tour until retiring in 2015

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While on the Venture, Wilson never missed a tour until retiring in 2015Credit: Getty
Don Wilson Dies at 88 – The Ventures Hit Song ‘Walk, Don’t Run’

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