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Don Wilson, The Ventures’ co-founder and guitarist, has died

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Saint Bryan, who shared a message from Wilson’s family on Twitter, confirming that the musician had passed away in his sleep on Saturday morning (January 22).His family says Don Wilson, a founding member of The Ventures, passed away this morning in his sleep.

With over 100 million records sold, The Ventures are the best selling and arguably the most influential instrumental rock band of all time.

Wilson, the rhythm guitarist, was 88. pic.twitter.com/mgzQS8t4qU— Saint Bryan (@saintbryan) January 22, 2022It was followed up by a statement from the family. “Our dad was an amazing rhythm guitar player who touched people all over the world with his band, The Ventures.

He will have his place in history forever and was much loved and appreciated. He will be missed,” his son Tim told People.Wilson formed The Ventures in 1968 alongside bassist Bog Bogle, when the pair were both employed as construction workers in Seattle.

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