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Not the first but definitely the most popular rock instrumental combo, The Ventures scored several hit singles during the 1960s - most notably "Walk, Don't Run" and "Hawaii Five-O." However, the band made its name in the growing album market, covering hits of the day and organizing thematically linked LPs. Almost 40 Ventures albums charted, and 17 hit the Top 40. And though the group's popularity in America virtually disappeared by the 1970s, its enormous contribution to pop culture was far from over. The Ventures soon became one of the most popular worldwide groups, with dozens of albums recorded especially for the Japanese and European markets. They toured continually throughout the '70s and '80s, influencing Japanese pop music of the time more than they had American music during the '60s.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, The Ventures remain incredibly active, recording and touring to the delight of fans around the world. Over 50 years into their storied career, the band is considered by many to be the greatest surf band ever, boasting hits like "Perfidia," "Telstar," "Secret Agent Man," "A Summer Place," "Blue Moon," and "Ram-Bunk Shush." However, while it is true that The Ventures' style (marked by the Fender solid body guitars played by Bog Bogle and Don Wilson) was a critical influence in defining that musical genre, they are much more than that. Surf is just a subset of what The Ventures are: the best-selling instrumental rock band in music history.

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