VENTURES GUITARIST DIES
NOKIE Edwards, whose surfer-suave guitar with The Ventures helped create the genre of instrumental rock and influenced generations of artists, has died at 82.
The Ventures’ bassist-turned lead guitarist died on Monday after several months of battling an infection related to a hip surgery.
Emerging in the Seattle area in the early 1960s, The Ventures are considered the best-selling instrumental rock band of all time, with the group estimating sales of more than 100 million records. They are best known for the theme to the TV show Hawaii Five-O.
Edwards became known for his Fender guitar and his pioneering use of special effects such as creating fuzz.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, The Ventures also found an audience through thematic albums.