Nole Floyd “Nokie” Edwards, longtime guitarist for The Ventures, has died at 82. The band’s website revealed the bad news:
We have been advised this morning that Nokie Edwards passed away today after several months battling an infection after hip surgery this past December. The Ventures family feels this loss very deeply. Our thoughts go out to Nokie’s wife, Judy, and all family members, friends and fans. His music will live on.
Head to The Ventures’ site to read more.
The Los Angeles Times shared this synopsis of the band’s influence:
For any kid who picked up an electric guitar in the 1960s, it never took long before they’d take a stab at trying to play “Walk Don’t Run,” the genre-defining surf-rock hit from 1960 popularized by the Ventures, which used that reverb-soaked recording as a launch pad to become the most successful instrumental group in rock history.