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Subject: Nokie Edwards, Founding member and guitarist with the Ventures

Dead at 82
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Date Posted: Monday, March 12, 04:10:09pm

Nokie Edwards, founding member and guitarist (originally bass) with the Ventures died Monday (March 12) at the age of 82 from an infection suffered after hip surgery in December. Born in Lahoma, Oklahoma, his family moved to the Pacific Northwest where he played briefly with Buck Owens in Tacoma, Washington in 1958. He joined with Bob Bogle, Don Wilson and Don Babbitt to form the Ventures that same year. The group scored eight top 40 hits from 1960 to 1969, including “Walk- Don’t Run” (#2-1960 and #8 in a different version in 1964), “Hawaii Five-O” (#4-1969) and “Pefidia” (#15-1960). In 1969, Nokie embarked on a solo career, though he returned to the group briefly in 1973 and continued to tour with them on occasion until 2012. He appeared in the TV series “Deadwood” on HBO in the mid-2000’s and was inducted, along with the Ventures, into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of fame in 2008.


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