RIP Don Wilson


mushaan285
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02/23/2023 11:26 am

Don Wilson was a surf guitar pioneer and played rythm for the Ventures. I learned this morning that, aside from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Ventures received the Order of the Rising Sun from the government of Japan? - not exactly a common accolade for a rock and roll band. Or so I assume.


You can learn a few songs by The Ventures right here on Guitar Tricks. Certainly listening to the opening bars of "Walk Don't Run" makes me was to give it a shot some day. 


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02/23/2023 7:11 pm

Yup.  Don Wilson, who died last month, was announced as a recipient for "the development and enrichment of musical culture in Japan..." at the spring 2010 awarding to foreign nationals.  There are six classes, Wilson and/or The Ventures received the 4th Class order, Gold Rays with Rosette.  The Ventures were very big in Japan and toured there regularly well past their popularity in the States.  Supposedly, some of their stuff recorded exclusively for the Japanese market outsold The Beatles.


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02/23/2023 10:23 pm

mushaan285 thanks for that news.  I've been a Ventures fan for decades, many decades.  And, yes, welcome to the forum


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