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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
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.