Bob Bogle

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Bob Bogle
Birth nameRobert Lenard Bogle
Born(1934-01-16)January 16, 1934
around Wagoner, Oklahoma
DiedJune 14, 2009(2009-06-14) (aged 75)
Vancouver, Washington, United States
GenresInstrumental rock, surf rock
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar
Years active1958–2009
Associated actsThe Ventures

Robert Lenard Bogle (January 16, 1934 – June 14, 2009) was a founding member of the instrumental combo The Ventures. He and Don Wilson founded the group in 1958. Bogle was the lead guitarist and later bassist of the group. In 2008, Bogle and other members of The Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the Performer category.[1]

Born near Wagoner, Oklahoma, Bogle worked as a bricklayer in California from the age of 15. A self-taught guitar player, Bogle met Don Wilson in Seattle in 1958, where they worked together on construction sites. They went on to form a band, The Versatones, which evolved into The Ventures. Bogle's lead guitar on the Ventures' 1960 cover of "Walk, Don't Run" helped to influence the next generation of guitarists including John Fogerty, Steve Miller, Joe Walsh and Stevie Ray Vaughan.[2] Bogle's use of the vibrato arm was particularly notable.[3]

The Ventures' song "Wild Child" was sampled by the Wiseguys on "Start the Commotion", giving Bogle his only hit writing credit on the British charts, reaching number 47 and spending 2 weeks on the chart.


Bogle died at age 75 on June 14, 2009 from non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Vancouver, Washington.[4][5]


  1. ^ "The Ventures, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, 2008". The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  2. ^ Schudel, Matt (June 17, 2009). "Ventures Electric Guitarist Drove 1960s Chart Toppers". Washington Post. pp. B5. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
  3. ^ Goodman, Dean (June 16, 2009). "The Ventures guitarist Bob Bogle dies at 75". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
  4. ^ "Ventures star Bogle dies aged 75". BBC News. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  5. ^ Vogt, Tom (20 June 2009). "Bogle's legacy is his music". The Columbian. Vancouver, WA: Columbian Publishing Company. Retrieved 20 July 2014.