With any good brand of drums, what more does any drummer really need?Love that basic setup for Mel: Gretsch 20-12-14 and snare. A Zildjian 22" crash/ride (a beautiful example) and Zildjian hats. And that's it.
Lead guitarist Jerry McGee, once quipped about Mel as playing "lead drums."A few years ago I had read about Mel being the third drummer for the Ventures. But, in my mind, he has always been the THE drummer in the band. If I had ever seen either of the two earlier drummers performing on television, I honestly can't remember. I just think of Mel a being as integral to that band as Ringo or Charlie have been to their respective bands.
Cool Trivia from The Ventures website: The drummer on Walk, Don't Run was Skip Moore, not Howie Johnson as many assume. Skip was given the choice of $25 or 1/4 of the money the record would make for playing on the session. He took the 25 bucks! Another early drummer, George Babbitt, retired as a 4-star Air Force general.mmer on Walk, Don't Run was Skip Moore, not Howie Johnson as many assume. Skip was given the choice of $25 or 1/4 of the money the record Lots of interesting stuff on their site. http://www.theventures.com/index.phpI love the Ventures. Over the last 20 years or so, I have done a record a year with Nokie Edwards, the lead guitarist of the Ventures. He's STILL GOING! Most of his recordings are for Japanese release only. They love him over there.
I loved Mel Taylor, as a kid. I found out that a guy named Skip Moore played on the original "Walk Don't Run", but left the group early on and was replaced by Howie Johnson, until they hired Mel in 1962. Nokie started as the bass player, but since he was the best guitar player of the group, soon was playing lead guitar.