Co-founder of the instrumental group The Ventures alongside Don Wilson. He played lead guitar and later bass for the group.
He taught himself to play the guitar and met Wilson while working construction sites together.
He and other The Ventures members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
He was born in Wagoner, Oklahoma and passed away in Vancouver, Washington from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
He was an influence on several up and coming guitarists such as John Fogerty.