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Gerry McGee of The Ventures performs a very beautiful Acoustic Medley live in Japan (1997):

(1). STRANGER IN MIDOSUJI,

(2). REFLECTIONS IN A PALACE LAKE

(3). WAKARETA HITO TO

(4). HOKKAIDO SKIES.

Kyoto Bojo (Reflections In A Palace Lake) is a Gerry McGee composition he wrote in 1970. It is among my Top 10 favorite instrumentals of all time:

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From Seattle, The Ventures defined instrumental guitar rock in the 1960s. Their hits bookended the decade, from 1960s Walk Dont Run to 1969s Hawaii Five-O. Nokie Edwards twang-guitar and the crisp rhythm of Don Wilson, bassist Bob Bogle and drummer Mel Taylor gave every Ventures album their trademark bent note sound. Long admired by other bands like the Beatles (and especially George Harrison), Stephen Stills, Joe Walsh, Aerosmith, and others, the Ventures hit the Billboard chart nearly three dozen times in the 1960s. The transparent stereo mixes enabled guitarists to isolate and learn every riff, an idea that fueled 1965s essential instruction LP Play Guitar With the Ventures. Founders of surf rock, the Ventures inspired a classic line of Mosrite guitars and have maintained a flourishing touring and recording career for decades, especially in Europe and Japan.

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Are they the group who originally performed the Hawaii Five-0 theme song?

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Are they the group who originally performed the Hawaii Five-0 theme song?

Correct. The Hawaii Five-O theme song was composed by Morton Stevens - who also composed numerous episode scores - .and recorded by The Ventures, whose version reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.

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The Ventures: Stars on Guitars will have its first (non-public) screening tomorrow at the cast and crew party in Malibu on Saturday, October 26!
 
"I’ve written and directed quite a few movies, but this is my first documentary—and it is truly the hardest (but hopefully most rewarding) thing I have ever done. Sorting through the maze of music rights alone is enough to turn Mother Theresa into the Tasmanian Devil. And there are so many moving parts, not the least of which was single-handedly coordinating 35+ interviews spanning several states and different countries. When making a narrative film, you have a script to follow and a fictional story that won’t step on anybody’s toes. But documentaries are about real people. They grow and stretch and morph as they’re being filmed, always changing shape until the final edit. 
 
"Thanks to the help of my family and music friends, The Ventures: Stars on Guitars features some of the biggest names in music. We have Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan), Lalo Schifrin (Academy Award-winning composer of The Mission Impossible theme), John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), and Billy Bob Thornton (The Boxmasters); plus female stars like Josie Cotton, Liz Brasher, The Surfrajettes, The Neptunas, and Ruiko of The Whys; insiders including Seymour Duncan (premier pickup maker), Del Casher (inventor of the wah-wah pedal), and we even tracked down the Surfing and Spying album cover model, Pleasant Gehman (aka: The Princess of Hollywood).
 
"This is my dad’s story and I am so proud to be able to bring it to the world as a filmmaker."

---Staci Layne Wilson

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Very cool news 😎👍 Are you going to the Malibu premiere, Steve? 

Liz Brasher used to live here in Atlanta a few years ago. She’s very talented. 

 

R😎

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48 minutes ago, reids said:

Very cool news 😎👍 Are you going to the Malibu premiere, Steve? 

R😎

Oh, no that's much too far to travel for any film premier however I do hope to see this documentary soon and eventually own it on dvd.

The Ventures co-founding member Don Wilson, 86, no longer performs in Japan with them, but I was fortunate to see him play here a few times.

I hope Don and everyone associated with this project who can attend have a truly great time tomorrow night in Malibu.

 

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16 hours ago, SteveAJones said:

Oh, no that's much too far to travel for any film premier however I do hope to see this documentary soon and eventually own it on dvd.

The Ventures co-founding member Don Wilson, 86, no longer performs in Japan with them, but I was fortunate to see him play here a few times.

I hope Don and everyone associated with this project who can attend have a truly great time tomorrow night in Malibu.

 

Ok, very cool. Steve. I met Nokie Edwards (R.I.P.) in Nashville, TN at Muriel Anderson’s Night of Guitar in the early 2000’s (probably 2004). It was during summer NAMM weekend. I hope it’s released on dvd/blu ray, too!!!

R😎

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7 hours ago, reids said:

Ok, very cool. Steve. I met Nokie Edwards (R.I.P.) in Nashville, TN at Muriel Anderson’s Night of Guitar in the early 2000’s (probably 2004). It was during summer NAMM weekend. I hope it’s released on dvd/blu ray, too!!!

R😎

Outstanding! Nokie was such a fine guitarist. I defy anyone to go for a drive or take a walk in the rain at two a.m. on a Saturday night while listening to Nokie play and not have a transcendent experience. 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, SteveAJones said:

Outstanding! Nokie was such a fine guitarist. I defy anyone to go for a drive or take a walk in the rain at two a.m. on a Saturday night while listening to Nokie play and not have a transcendent experience. 

 

 

 

Thx. Much agreed. His playing was always outstanding. 

R😎🎸👍

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