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Nokie Edwards

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Nokie Edwards is primarily a guitarist, best known for his work with The Ventures.

In January 1958, country songwriter and guitarist Buck Owens relocated from California to Tacoma, Washington as owner of KAYE radio station. Prior to the formation of The Buckaroos with Don Rich, Edwards played guitar with Owens with the new band he formed in the area and also in the house band on KTNT television station in the same building.

The Ventures are an instrumental musical quartet founded in Tacoma, Washington in 1958. Original members included Don Wilson on rhythm guitar, Bob Bogle on lead guitar, he later became the bass player, and drummer Howie Johnson, later replaced by Mel Taylor. Edwards met Wilson and Bob Bogle when they performed on KTNT. Edwards originally played bass for The Ventures, but he took over the lead guitar position from Bogle. The Ventures released a series of best-selling albums through 1968, at which time Edwards left the band.

Edwards continues to tour Japan annually with The Ventures, primarily in winter.

In 2008, Edwards was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with The Ventures. The award was presented by John Fogerty. The band performed their biggest hits, "Walk Don't Run" and "Hawaii Five-0", augmented on the latter by Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame musical director Paul Shaffer and his band.