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