Ventures Guitarist Gerry McGee Talks Family History

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Guitarist Gerry McGee and his wife, Deedee, pose with the plaque McGee received upon his 2011 induction into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. / Gannett Louisiana

LAFAYETTE [Louisiana]— Only the best of the best are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But ask Gerry McGee of Lafayette about his induction and it almost sounds like a guilty confession.

A world-class guitarist, McGee is in the hall as a member of the legendary rock instrumental band the Ventures. Each year, thousands in Japan anxiously wait for McGee and the Ventures to tour the country.

The Ventures are best known in the United States for “Walk, Don’t Run,” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts in 1960 and “Hawaii Five-O,” which reached No. 4 on the charts in 1969. They were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008 with John Fogerty as their presenter.

These days, McGee would rather talk about his Cajun ancestry instead of his rock fame. He is the son of Dennis McGee, one of the first Cajun fiddlers to record. In the 1920s and ’30s, McGee and Creole accordionist Amédé Ardoin recorded songs considered by many to be the core repertoire of Cajun music.

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