The Ventures guitarist, surf rock pioneer Nokie Edwards dies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nokie Edwards, a guitarist and bassist for surf rock pioneers The Ventures and a member of the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame, has died at the age of 82, the band’s manager claimed on Tuesday.

Edwards, who played bass on the hugely well-known 1960 surf rock rendition of “Walk, Really do not Run” ahead of switching to guitar, died on Monday right after struggling an an infection adhering to hip surgical procedures in December, manager Fiona Taylor claimed.

“Nokie has been part of the Ventures’ history for pretty much six many years and helped to condition the early Ventures’ sound and the accomplishment of their profession,” the band claimed in a statement on its web site. “He was an innovator and a single of the greats on guitar.”

Edwards, an Oklahoma native who was dwelling in Yuma, Arizona, fell and injured his hip on Xmas, Taylor claimed.

The Ventures ended up inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 2008 by Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty and ended up lauded as the most prosperous instrumental team in rock history.

The team is greatest regarded for 1960’s “Walk, Really do not Run,” which attained No. 2 on the charts, providing 2 million copies. The Ventures, fashioned in Washington state in 1958, also performed the topic to the Tv sequence “Hawaii 5-O.”

The Ventures are specifically well-known in Japan and the Edwards-penned tune “Ginza Lights” was a single of their initially hits in the nation, the band claimed in a statement.

The band last toured in 2016, scheduling nearly a few dozen performances in Japan, in accordance to their web site.

Reporting by Eric Kelsey Enhancing by Leslie Adler

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