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Nokie Edwards, lead guitarist for The Ventures, RIP

Nokie, left, with The Ventures
Nokie, left, with The Ventures

Nokie Edwards, who was lead guitarist for surf-rock icons The Ventures, has died at age 82. The band shared the sad news:

We have battled all day with the words to share regarding the loss of Nokie Edwards. He was not only an extremely talented musician but also a friend, family member, and bandmate. He influenced many to pick up the guitar and as a byproduct of that, changed many lives. Nokie will forever live on through his music. Rest in peace.

Although The Ventures existed for three years before he joined, Edwards’ guitar style was instrumental to their success. Nokie, you’ll be missed. Check him out in action with The Ventures, below:

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