Herald Sun - - WORLD -

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.

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