Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in­ductee, Nokie Ed­wards, 82

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS -

Rock mu­si­cian Nokie Ed­wards has died fol­low­ing com­pli­ca­tions from hip surgery.

The 82-year-old died in Yuma, Ari­zona, 10 years af­ter he was in­ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with The Ven­tures.

The band per­formed their big­gest hits, Walk Don’t Run and Hawaii Five-0, as they ac­cepted the hon­our from Jon Fogerty.

In re­cent years, he forged a sec­ond ca­reer as an ac­tor, land­ing a role in the Amer­i­can Western drama tele­vi­sion se­ries Dead­wood as a mys­te­ri­ous friend of Wild Bill Hickok.

Born in Ok­la­homa, he be­gan play­ing with coun­try song­writer and gui­tarist Buck Owens and recorded his first sin­gle with a band called the Marks­men in 1960.

He was best known for his work with the Ven­tures, an in­stru­men­tal mu­si­cal quar­tet founded in Ta­coma, Wash­ing­ton, in 1958.

The Ven­tures re­leased a se­ries of best-sell­ing al­bums be­fore Ed­wards left in 1968.

He re­turned af­ter an at­tempt at a solo ca­reer failed to take off, per­form­ing with the band un­til 1984, when he quit again to pur­sue a mu­sic ca­reer in Nashville.

He played lead gui­tar for Lefty Frizzell, on what would be­come Frizzell’s fi­nal record­ing ses­sions, be­fore re­join­ing the Ven­tures for an­other short stint.

Ed­wards de­signed the Nokie Ed­wards Cus­tom Sig­na­ture model Tele­caster for Fender Gui­tars, as well as his own cus­tom gui­tar, the Hitch­hiker.

Nokie Ed­wards.

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