The Ventures

The New Ventures
Years active
since 1958
United States
Instrumental rock 'n' roll band formed in Tacoma, Washington. They are the best-selling instrumental band of all time.
Nokie Edwards Guitar, bass guitar
Don Wilson Guitar, bass guitar
Bob Bogle
Mel Taylor Drums (1962-1972; 1979-1996)
Bob Spalding Guitar (1980-...)
Gerry McGee Lead guitar (1968-1972; 1985-2016)


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Covers by The Ventures

Title Performer Release date Originally by
i {Ju ni Gatsu no ame} June 19, 2013 Yumi Arai
i 1972 Willie Mitchell
i January 1966 Freddy Cannon
i 1974 Jim Croce
i June 12, 1996 (unknown)
i June 1967 The Monkees
i 1973 Gilbert O'Sullivan
i 1973 Richard Strauss and the Frankfurt City Orchestra
i   January 1963 The Shadows [GB] REL, Bert Weedon REC
i May 1969 Warren Burton and Company PRF, The Company [Hair, Original Cast] REC,REL, James Rado, Lynn Kellogg, Melba Moore and Company REL,PRF, The 5th Dimension
i 1973 Four Tops
i   January 1966 Billy Dee Williams PRF, Bobby Scott REC,REL
i June 12, 1996 Horst Jankowski - His Orchestra and Chorus
i 1999 Harold Faltermeyer, Jan Hammer
i August 1962 The Olympics
i 1974 Jim Croce
i June 12, 1996 The Astronauts
i February 1977 El Chicano
February 1966 Neal Hefti
i   March 1979 Xavier Cugat and His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra - Vocal Refrain by Don Reid REC,REL, June Knight PRF
i Bésame mucho The Ventures Unverified
i May 1961 Napua Stevens
i Black Sand Beach The Ventures 1967 Unverified
i 1974 Carpenters
October 1970 (unknown), Bob Dylan REC, The Chad Mitchell Trio REL
i November 1965 Doye O'Dell, Jackie deShannon
i   May 11, 1999 Jack Denny and His Orchestra - Vocal by Sonny Schuyler REC, Bing Crosby BRD
i July 1961 Shirley Ross
i   July 1961 Belle Baker PRF, Imperial Dance Orchestra - Vocal Chorus by Arthur Fields REC
i September 1964 Les Baxter His Chorus and Orchestra
i May 19, 1962 Burl Ives
i February 1961 Leroy Anderson and His "Pops" Concert Orchestra
i Bombora The Ventures 1999 Unverified
i June 12, 1996 Preston Epps
i January 1969 Steppenwolf
i 1963 Ted Daffan's Texans
i   March 1979 Francisco Alves com Radamés Gnattali e sua Orquestra REC,REL, Araci Cortes PRF
i October 1970 Simon and Garfunkel
i May 1961 The Fireballs
i January 1962 Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Covered by (2 artists)
i October 1970 Johnny Rivers
i January 1963 Orchester Ricardo Santos
i   June 1966 Barry McGuire REC, The Mama's and The Papa's REL
April 1963 Roy Orbison with Bob Moore's Orch. & Chorus
i October 1960 Barney Bigard and His Jazzopaters
i April 1963 Barney Bigard and His Jazzopaters
i December 1969 The Rascals
i February 1977 Henry Mancini and His Orchestra
i July 1961 André Claveau avec Jo Boyer et son orchestre, Georgia Gibbs with Orchestra conducted by Glenn Osser
i 1973 War [US]
i March 1970 Mason Williams
i May 1966 The Dave Bailey Quintet
i 1999 Tony Sheridan
i May 1968 The Box Tops
i March 1979 Hermanos Rigual y orquesta Chucho Zarzosa
i May 11, 1999 (unknown)
i March 1976 Bobby Womack
i 2002 (unknown), Jackie deShannon
i May 11, 1999 Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra
i March 1979 Waldyr Azevedo e seu conjunto
i   October 1970 P.J. Proby REC, Tom Jones REL
i February 1961 Jimmy Walker accompanied by Paul Westmoreland and His Pecos River Boys
i May 1969 Tommy Roe
i May 1969 Finders Keepers
i 1974 Jim Croce
i January 1969 Deacon Leon Davis and His Congregation
i 1973 Mike Berry
i 1973 Arthur Smith & Don Reno
i June 1966 The Byrds
i   March 1979 (unknown), Orquesta del Zoológico REL, (unknown performer) PRF
October 1970 The Beatles
i El watusi The Ventures August 1963 Unverified
i October 1970 Fred Neil
2002 José Feliciano
i January 1966 Little Willie John
i January 1969 The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
i 1974 Jim Croce
i May 11, 1999 Duane Eddy, His 'Twangy' Guitar and The Rebels
i 1973 The Edgar Winter Group
i   June 1966 The Leighton Brothers REC, Paul Biese Trio REL
1971 Chicago
i November 1965 Gene Autry and The Cass County Boys, The Champs
i May 1969 Don Ho
i May 1969 Joe South
i December 1967 The Seekers
i 1973 Gilbert O'Sullivan
i February 1966 (unknown)
i May 1961 Bob Geddins Cavaliers
i 1971 The Spencer Davis Group
i March 31, 1961 Bert Weedon
i 2002 Meister Glee Singers
i   May 11, 1999 Peggy Lee with Dave Barbour and His Orchestra REC, Dinah Shore - Orchestra under the direction of Sonny Burke REL, Marlene Dietrich BRD
i February 1965 The Everly Brothers
i 1974 Carpenters
i June 1966 Lemme B. Good
  October 1970 Jill O'Hara and The Company REC,REL, Lynn Kellogg, Melba Moore and Company PRF
  April 1963 Lead Belly REL, Leadbelly REC
i 1967 Paul Revere & The Raiders
i August 1962 Dee Dee Sharp
i 1968 Hugh Masekela
i   March 1979 María Cervantes PRF, Adolfo Utrera - Nilo Menéndez y E. Lecuona al piano REC
i July 1961 The Easy Riders
i June 1966 Gary Lewis & The Playboys
i August 1966 Joe Sherman and The Arena Brass
i July 1961 (unknown performer)
i May 1968 The Vulcanes
i January 1963 Booker T. and The MG's
i December 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival
i December 1967 The Young Rascals
i March 1979 (unknown), Cuarteto Caney, (unknown)
i 1972 "Pine Top" Smith, Blind Roosevelt Graves and His Brother, The Rambler Trio featuring Arthur Smith
i 1971 Chér
i January 1966 The Vibrations
i   1966 The Raindrops [US] REC, The Summits REL
i June 12, 1996 Dave 'Baby' Cortez
i June 1967 The Turtles
i 2002 Waltham Abbey Choir PRF, Columbia Male Quartet REL, The Tornados
i February 1961 Ray Noble and His Orchestra featuring Jack Dumont, Alto Sax
i February 1961 Crowel Glee Club
i   May 11, 1999 Helen Desha Beamer and Samuel Kapu REL, Charles E. King PRF
i   August 1962 Carol Haney, John Raitt and Company PRF, Johnnie Ray - Orch. under dir. of Joe Reisman REC
October 1970 The Beatles
i   October 1960 Peter Van Steeden and His Orchestra - Vocal Refrain by Dick Robertson REL, Harold Richards REC
April 1963 Georgie Shaw with The Jimmy Leyden Singers - Orchestra directed by Jimmy Leyden
i October 1960 Bill Doggett
i December 1969 Rolling Stones, The Rolling Stones
August 1963 Nat Kendricks and The Swans, The Dartells
i 1973 Seals and Crofts
i 1974 Jimmy Clanton with The Anne Phillips Singers
i May 1969 The Ronettes
i 1973 Johnny Nash
1965 The Rolling Stones
i 1963 Don Gibson
i February 1965 The Beatles
i 1999 The Crickets [US]
i 1974 Jim Croce
i 1974 Jim Croce
i 1965 Chris Kenner
i June 16, 1995 Yutaka Ozaki
i 1967 The Monkees
i 1971 The Spencer Davis Group
April 1963 "Fats" Waller and His Rhythm
i 1974 Carole King
i March 1979 Armando Manzanero
i 1963 Johnny Cash and Tennessee Two
i December 1969 (unknown), Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys
i June 12, 1996 The John Barry Seven and Orchestra
i November 1965 Bobby Helms, Chuck Berry
i November 1965 Edison Male Quartette, Ray Charles
i 2002 (unknown), (unknown)
1968 The Rolling Stones
i 1973 Lori Lieberman
i 1965 El Jarocho
i October 1961 New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (Ray Noble)
December 1969 Chris Kenner
i May 1961 Floyd Cramer
i January 1963 Mar-Keys
i 1973 Gato Barbieri
i   October 1970 The Beatles REC, Aretha Franklin REL
i August 1963 The Routers
i January 1962 Chubby Checker
i January 1963 Sandy Nelson
i January 1966 The Knickerbockers
i January 1969 The Doors
December 1969 The Doors
i November 1962 The Champs
April 1963 Ray Sharpe
i 1973 Wings
November 1962 Little Eva
i February 1961 Ricky Nelson
i 1965 Richard Berry and The Pharaohs
i March 1970 Vicky
i February 1965 The Clovers
i 1974 Jim Croce
i 1963 Elsie Clark
i May 1969 Artie Schroeck
i August 1962 Little Richard
i March 31, 1961 Adrian Schubert & His Orch. – Vocal Chorus Harold Van Emburgh
October 1970 Richard Harris [IE]
i 1971 (unknown)
i February 1977 The Mash
August 1962 Dee Dee Sharp
i August 1971 尾崎紀世彦 (Kiyohiko Ozaki)
i February 1977 Lalo Schifrin
i 2002 Brenda Lee, Gene Autry, Del Shannon
i May 1961 (unknown)
i August 1963 Chuck Berry
i January 1963 Bob Moore and His Orch.
i October 1970 The Beatles
i June 12, 1996 В. К. Трошин (Vladimir Troshin)
i   May 1968 Manfred Mann [band] REL, Bob Dylan and The Band REC
i Misirlou The Ventures July 9, 2014 Unverified
i   March 1970 Leonard Nimoy REL, Lalo Schifrin BRD
i June 1966 The Mama's and The Papa's
i January 1962 The Gamblers
i March 1976 Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
i February 1961 (unknown performer)
i August 1963 Riz Ortolani e Nino Oliviero
i October 1960 Ivo Robić und Die Song-Masters
i October 1979 The Astronauts
i January 1962 Duane Eddy and His 'Twangy' Guitar
i November 1962 The Belairs [US1]
i December 1969 Bobby Goldsboro
i   December 1967 Al (He's the King) Hirt REL, [Unknown Studio Artists] BRD
i April 1962 Haydn Quartet
i 1973 Paul McCartney & Wings
i October 1960 The MGM Studio Orchestra
i February 1977 Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin Jr.
i July 1964 Jackie deShannon
i October 1970 The Association
i January 1963 Melina Mercouri
i August 1963 U.S. Bonds
i October 1960 Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra, Jimmy Forrest and All Star Combo
i December 1969 P.J. Proby
i January 1966 The T-Bones
i 2002 (unknown)
i 2002 (unknown)
i December 1967 Bobbie Gentry
i 1973 Hurricane Smith
i 1963 Don Gibson
i 2002 Emily Laurey
i February 1965 Roy Orbison and The Candy Men
i 1974 Jim Croce
i September 1964 The Clovers
i July 1964 The Champs
i 1974 Jim Croce
i January 1964 The Marketts
i August 1963 Johnnie & Joe
1971 Tito Puente
i 1963 Leon McAuliffe and His Western Swing Band
i 1971 Cat Stevens
i March 1979 Rita Montaner
i January 1964 The Pyramids [US]
i January 1963 Billy Joe & The Checkmates
i October 1960 Orquesta de Los Hermanos Domínguez
i 1966 The Changin' Times
i 1963 Chantay's
i March 1979 (unknown), David Rose and His Orchestra
i August 1962 The Coasters
i February 1977 Pat Williams Orchestra
i February 1977 Universal TV Sound Orchestra
April 1963 Eugene Church and The Fellows
i December 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival
i June 12, 1996 Les Baxter and His Orchestra
i October 1970 B.J. Thomas
i 1974 Carpenters
i January 1961 Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra
i October 1960 Bill Justis and His Orchestra
i May 1961 Link Wray and The Wraymen
i September 1967 Duane Eddy and His 'Twangy' Guitar
i   January 1963 Bascom Lamar Lunsford - Blackwell Lunsford REL, Carl T. Sprague REC
July 1961 Gene Ammons and His Sextet
i December 1967 Otis Redding
i Rhythm of the Rain The Ventures 1981 Unverified
i Rock Nuts The Ventures 1980 Unverified
i November 1965 Gene Autry and The Pinafores with Orchestral Acc., The Beatles
i August 1963 Del Shannon
i 1963 Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
i November 1965 Big Bo and The Arrows - Vocal by Little Smitty, Harry Reser and His Orchestra, Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs
i May 1968 (unknown), Gordon Heath and Lee Payant, Simon and Garfunkel
i August 1962 The Marksmen [US2]
December 1967 The Four Voices [US1]
i January 1966 The Challengers [US2]
i February 1965 The Shirelles
i January 1962 The Wailers [US]
i 1971 Paul Anka
i January 1966 Gary Lewis & The Playboys
i February 1965 The Zombies
i 2002 Joseph Mohr, Franz Gruber
i   November 1965 Bing Crosby and Carol Richards REL, Bob Hope & Marilyn Maxwell REC
i 1974 The Kids [Sesame Street]
i   September 1964 Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra REC, Ray Bolger, Tamara Geva and George Church PRF
listen on Internet Archive i October 1960 Santo & Johnny
i November 1965 Boston Pops Orchestra, Johnny Smith
i   June 1966 The Weavers REL, Cleveland Simmons Group REC
i 1972 Bill Black's Combo
i 1967 The Royal Guardsmen
i November 1965 (unknown)
i August 1963 The Sheiks
i May 1968 Michel Polnareff
i 1973 Manu Dibango
i March 1979 Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra
i 1974 Jim Croce
October 1970 Blood, Sweat & Tears
i May 1969 Classics IV, Mike Sharpe
i May 11, 1999 Waring's Pennsylvanians
i 1967 Four Tops
i February 1977 Leonard Nimoy
i 1963 Sylvester Weaver, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
i May 11, 1999 The Duals
i September 1964 Mr. Acker Bilk with The Leon Young String Chorale
i October 1970 Bert Kaempfert
i June 1967 The Beatles
i February 1977 Pat Williams Orchestra
i May 11, 1999 Dennis Lotis with The Tony Osborne Orchestra and The Beryl Stott Chorus
i 1963 Gid Tanner and His Skillet-Lickers with Riley Puckett and Clayton McMichen, Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland
i October 1970 The Archies
i August 1963 Kyu Sakamoto
i 1966 The Lovin' Spoonful
i   August 1962 Abbie Mitchell REC,PRF, Helen Jepson REL
i May 1968 Eddie Cochran
i December 1967 Mieko Hirota - Billy Taylor Trio
i January 1969 Cream
i 1974 Delaney & Bonnie and Friends featuring Eric Clapton
i 1973 Stevie Wonder
i 1981 Go-Go's
i December 1969 Mark James [US1]
i Swan Lake The Ventures 1970 Unverified
i   February 1977 Rhythm Heritage REL, Barry De Vorzon BRD
i November 1962 Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra - Vocal Refrain by Donald Novis
October 1970 Neil Diamond
i 1966 Tommy Roe
i May 11, 1999 Cuarteto Machín
i July 1964 The Wailers [US]
i June 12, 1996 Sandy Nelson
i January 1963 The Tornados
i January 1963 The Champs
i March 1979 (unknown)
i   2002 Nat "King" Cole [Trio] REC, The King Cole Trio with String Choir REL
i June 8, 1964 The Dakotas
i March 1970 Ennio Morricone
i 1968 Cliff Nobles & Co.
i September 1964 Ashley and Foster
i 1965 Dobie Gray
i May 1969 The Box Tops
i January 1963 The Tijuana Brass featuring Herb Alpert
i June 12, 1996 Del Ray and The Roamers, Jack Nitzsche
i   February 1966 The Gallants - Arranged and conducted by H.B. Barnum REL, Jerry Goldsmith BRD
i Theme, "Airport 1975" The Ventures 1975 Unverified
i May 1969 Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra
i 1971 Isaac Hayes
i 1973 Carol Lynley [dubbed by Renee Armand]
i 1973 Vicki Lawrence
i July 1964 Henry Mancini and His Orchestra
i June 1966 Nancy Sinatra
i October 1970 Simon and Garfunkel
i 1973 (unknown), Johnny Mathis with Ray Conniff and His Orchestra
i January 1962 Hank Ballard and The Midnighters
i August 1962 The Orlons
i January 1969 The Band
i 1966 Nat Adderley
i 1974 Richard Chamberlain - Cond. by Burt Bacharach
i October 1970 Alexander Vertinsky
i 1974 Jim Croce
i August 1971 加藤和彦と北山修 (Osamu Kitayama, Kazuhiko Kato)
i February 1961 The Fireballs
December 1967 Lulu
i May 11, 1999 Bobby Lewis - Orchestra conducted by Joe Rene
i May 1961 Chet Atkins
i May 11, 1999 Ricky Nelson
i   May 11, 1999 Kitty Kallen REL, Bing Crosby - Grace Kelly REC
December 1969 Wilson Pickett, Edwin Starr
i 1971 The Grass Roots
i December 1967 Stevie Wonder
i   October 1970 The 5th Dimension REL, The Sunshine Company REC
i November 1962 Frankie Avalon - Orch. & Chor. directed by Peter De Angelis
i 1963 (unknown), Hugh Cross
i 1967 The Capitols - Arr. & Cond. by Mike Terry, The Young-Holt Trio
i February 1961 The Wailers [US]
i May 1960 Johnny Smith
i 1968 Chris Kenner
i May 11, 1999 Bobby Vee - With The Johnny Mann Singers
April 1963 The Everly Brothers
i August 1963 Cannon's Jug Stompers
June 1967 The Five Americans
i 2002 (unknown)
i   1974 Roger Nichols and Paul Williams REC, Paul Williams [US1] BRD, Freddie Allen REL
i November 1965 (unknown)
i 1980 Ray Charles
i 1971 George Harrison
i December 1967 Gilbert Bécaud - Orch. dir. : Raymond Bernard
i May 1961 The String-A-Longs
i February 1965 Jackie deShannon
i   November 1965 Bing Crosby & Marjorie Reynolds [dubbed by Martha Mears] BRD, Bing Crosby with Ken Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra REC,REL
i July 1961 Dave Gardner
1965 Thee Midniters
i 1971 Muddy Waters, Led Zeppelin
October 1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival
i 1966 The Wild Ones
i 1963 (unknown), Carter Family
i   1971 Jimmy Cliff REL, Cat Stevens REC
i   December 1967 The Association REL, Ruthann Friedman REC
i 1963 Chet Atkins
i 2002 Richard Himber and His Ritz-Carlton Orchestra - Vocal Refrain by Joey Nash
i August 1963 The Surfaris [US1]
i 1965 Big Bo and The Arrows - Vocal by Little Smitty, Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs
i July 1961 (unknown), Katherine Dunham and Ensemble
December 1967 The Beatles
i 1973 Carpenters
i 1963 The Pine Ridge Boys
i 1973 Stevie Wonder
i 1972 The Bim Bam Boos
i March 1979 Tito Schipa
i {Anohini kaeritai} June 19, 2013 荒井由実 (Yumi Arai)
i June 19, 2013 Yumi Arai
i {Yasashisa ni tsutsumareta nara} June 19, 2013 荒井由実 (Yumi Arai)
i {Rouge no dengon} June 19, 2013 荒井由実 (Yumi Arai)
i {Sotsugyō shashin} June 19, 2013 Hi-Fi Set
i {Haru yo, koi} June 19, 2013 松任谷由実 {Yumi Matsutoya} (Yumi Arai)
i {Toki wo kakeru shōjo} June 19, 2013 原田知世 (Tomoyo Harada)
i {Manatsu no yoru no yume} June 19, 2013 松任谷由実 {Yumi Matsutoya} (Yumi Arai)

Sampled songs

Title Performer Release date Info
i  REC,REL September 1968 Covered by (73 artists)
Originally by Mort Stevens and His Orchestra BRD
Sampled by Pizzicato Five



Title Performer Release date Label
$1,000,000 Weekend The Ventures December 1967 Liberty
10th Anniversary Album The Ventures October 1970 Liberty
Another Smash The Ventures May 1961 Dolton Records
Bobby Vee Meets The Ventures Bobby Vee and The Ventures April 1963 Liberty
Christmas Joy The Ventures 2002 Varèse Sarabande
Flights of Fantasy The Ventures May 1968 Liberty
Going to the Ventures Dance Party! The Ventures November 1962 Dolton Records
Golden Greats The Ventures September 1967 Liberty
Go with The Ventures! The Ventures June 1966 Dolton Records
Guitar Freakout The Ventures 1967 Dolton Records
Hawaii Five-O The Ventures May 1969 Liberty
In the Vaults - Volume 2 The Ventures May 11, 1999 Ace [GB]
Knock Me Out! The Ventures February 1965 Dolton Records
Latin Album The Ventures March 1979 United Artists Records
Let's Go! The Ventures August 1963 Dolton Records
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy The Ventures August 1962 Dolton Records
More Golden Greats The Ventures March 1970 Liberty
New Depths The Ventures 1999 GNP Crescendo [US]
New Testament The Ventures 1971 United Artists Records
New Testament The Ventures 1971 Liberty
Only Hits! The Ventures 1973 United Artists Records
Original Four The Ventures October 1979 Eastworld
Pops à la carte The Ventures June 16, 1995 Toshiba
Pops in Japan '71 The Ventures August 1971 Liberty
Rare Collections The Ventures 1980 King Records [JP]
Rock and Roll Forever The Ventures 1972 United Artists Records
Rocky Road The New Ventures March 1976 United Artists Records
Super Psychedelics The Ventures June 1967 Liberty
Surfing The Ventures 1963 Dolton Records
Swamp Rock The Ventures December 1969 Liberty
The Colorful Ventures The Ventures July 1961 Dolton Records
The Fabulous Ventures The Ventures July 1964 Dolton Records
The Horse The Ventures 1968 Liberty
The Jim Croce Songbook The Ventures 1974 United Artists Records
Theme from Shaft The Ventures 1971 United Artists Records
The Ventures The Ventures February 1966 Dolton Records
The Ventures The Ventures February 1961 Dolton Records
The Ventures à Go-Go The Ventures 1965 Dolton Records
The Ventures' Christmas Album The Ventures November 1965 Dolton Records
(The) Ventures in Space The Ventures January 1964 Dolton Records
The Ventures Play Telstar, The Lonely Bull and Others The Ventures January 1963 Dolton Records
The Ventures Play The Carpenters The Ventures 1974 United Artists Records
The Ventures Play the Country Classics The Ventures 1963 Dolton Records
The Ventures Play Yuming The Ventures June 19, 2013 EAU Records
T.V. Themes The Ventures February 1977 United Artists Records
Twist Party Vol. 2 The Ventures May 19, 1962 Dolton Records
Twist with The Ventures The Ventures January 1962 Dolton Records
Underground Fire The Ventures January 1969 Liberty
Walk - Don't Run The Ventures October 1960 Dolton Records
Walk, Don't Run - Volume 2 The Ventures September 1964 Dolton Records
Where the Action Is The Ventures January 1966 Dolton Records
Wild Again - The Ventures Play Heavy Hitters The Ventures June 12, 1996 Toshiba
Wild Things! The Ventures 1966 Dolton Records

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