Venturing into Japan and the Hall

The Ventures, the 1960s rock and roll group from the Greater Seattle area, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight. Over the years, they released popular albums containing songs such as “Hawaii Five-O,” “Surf Rider” and “Walk, Don’t Run.” Their innaguration into the hall represents their popularity in the United States but what many don’t realize is back in the day they were huge in Japan. The instrumentalist group first toured Japan in 1962. The web site, musician guide, says “Their instrumentals bypassed any language barrier, and before long, the group had established a popularity in Japan that rivaled the Beatles.” Of course, Japan has long been one of Greater Seattle’s largest export customers with the Ventures another example.

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