The Japanese absolutely loved the Ventures and still do. Band member Gerry McGee just a week ago, October 12, 2019 died after collapsing onstage four days earlier in Japan. The Ventures started down the road from Seattle in Tacoma in 1958, when I was a high school freshman. I saw them several times during my high school and college years. For a number of recent years my Japanese friend in Sendai Japan, Noriko's home town, Mr. Suzuki, operated an American style bar named "Pipeline." He played strictly American rock and blues music over the sound system. (Unfortunately it was was Bose, but the good news, it had a JBL sub --- The Japanese love JBL and Bose --- they have poor hearing above 100Hz! ). The Ventures were even more popular than the Beatles, ah-so-desu-ka (is that right?).
Turn it up! Under-recorded, but great photos!
Stayed tuned for photos from Pipeline Bar, if I can find them.
Boomzilla: here you go. These are photos of his second location bar he named One More Time after his jukeobx in the photo. The Wurlitzer One More Time jukebox is a replica of the most famous jukebox in the world, the Wurlitzer 1015 of the year 1946. Up on the wall in one photo you can see the original sign for his first bar location Pipeline, named after the Ventures song. The bar was in the shape of a triangle. There is his pride and joy, a mint 1963 split-window 393 turbo-jet Corvette. Note the Texas license plate. The entire bar was decorated in American memorabilia from mostly the 50's and 60's. Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Annette Funicello, and on and on. Over the last decade plus (several months each year) I spent many fun evenings there mostly chatting with Japaneses patrons who wanted to practice their English on me while we listened to American rock and blues. He offered excellent snacks and had a huge selection of beer, wine, and all types of hard booze including some very expensive bottles. Great memories. His English wasn't that good but he loved America, although he has yet to visit the States.
(Mr. Suzuki behind bar in red shirt, he liked western/cowboy shirts)
Last Edit: Oct 20, 2019 18:52:21 GMT -5 by ChuckieNut
My last video before getting some sleep. I work nights so this was a long day for me. But the JVC was worth it. Man I love this deck. Getting it right and no noise reduction so no pumping or breathing artifacts. The deck with no Dolby NR at all there. Just HX Pro.