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Ventures star Bogle dies aged 75

The Ventures featuring Bob Bogle (r)
The Ventures in 1961. Bob Bogle is pictured on the right

Bob Bogle, lead guitarist with US band The Ventures, has died at the age of 75 following a short illness.

The musician was co-founder of the act who had instrumental hits including the theme to TV show Hawaii Five-O.

The band, who were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, enjoyed their biggest hit with Walk, Don't Run in 1960.

The Hall of Fame called The Ventures "the most successful instrumental combo in US rock and roll history".

The Ventures' Don Wilson, who founded the band as a duo along with Bogle in Tacoma, Washington state more than 40 years ago, said that he fell ill over the weekend and died on Sunday.

Surf sound

A message on the group's website said that they had lost "a true original and an innovator".

As a four-piece, the band continued to play tour prolifically, while Bogle retired from performing four years ago.

He had been suffering from cancer and was unable to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony.

During their chart career in the 60s and early 70s, they had 38 hit albums and are reputed to have outsold The Beatles in Japan, where they enjoyed a loyal following.

A version of the theme tune to TV show Hawaii Five-O revived their chart fortunes with a US number four hit in 1969.

The Ventures' 1960s chart success also made its way to the UK, scoring top 10 hits with Walk, Don't Run and Perfidia.

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