Ventures Guitarist, Co-Founder Don Wilson Dead At 88

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Don Wilson, the co-founder and guitarist of the rock quartet The Ventures, died of natural causes at his home in Tacoma, Washington, on Saturday, January 22. Wilson’s death was confirmed by his son Tim.

“Our dad was an amazing rhythm guitar player who touched people all over world with his band, the Ventures,” Tim said told The News Tribune. “He will have his place in history forever and was much loved and appreciated. He will be missed.”

Wilson was the last surviving member of the core Ventures lineup. He was 88 years old.

Wilson had formed the group alongside guitarist/bassist Bob Bogle in 1958. The band had 14 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

With over 100 million records sold, the Ventures are the best-selling instrumental band of all time. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

(Photo: Liberty Records)

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