So long, Don Wilson of The Ventures

Don Wilson of the pioneering instro-surf band The Ventures has died at age 88.

"Our dad was an amazing rhythm guitar player who touched people all over world with his band, The Ventures," son Tim Wilson said in a statement. "He will have his place in history forever and was much loved and appreciated. He will be missed."

In the 1960s and early 1970s, 38 of the band's albums charted in the United States.

The Ventures had 14 singles in the Billboard Hot 100. With over 100 million records sold, the Ventures are the best-selling instrumental band of all time.

 Here's the group playing one of its greatest hits, "Walk Don't Run," in 1960.