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#461940 - 03/13/18 11:07 AM [Off-Topic] My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend
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#461947 - 03/13/18 11:59 AM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: Don Gaynor]
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RIP - his, and their, music bring back a lot of memories

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#461960 - 03/13/18 12:41 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: Larry Kehl]
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Originally Posted By: Larry Kehl
RIP - his, and their, music bring back a lot of memories

Larry

Larry,

Nokie died without completing his Buddy Holly album. I was so anxious to hear that one.

His prerelease of It Doesn't Matter Anymore is on YouTube and seems very prophetic today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHg5qijLFK8


Edited by Don Gaynor (03/13/18 12:46 PM)
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#461965 - 03/13/18 12:53 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: Don Gaynor]
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This is really said news. Nokie was a guitarist's guitarist!

RIP Nokie.
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#461990 - 03/13/18 02:13 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: MarioD]
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Wife Trudy is six years younger than I, but is extremely hip to music of the sixties. However, she looked blank when I told her one of The Ventures had died. “You may not know the name,” I said, “but you know the music.” I fired up YouTube and played a dozen or of their hits. It was one of those “so, that’s who did that!” moments.

We grieve.

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#461992 - 03/13/18 02:21 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: Don Gaynor]
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"People are the ones who make you," he once said. "If they bought a [recording] and want to hear it, you should play it. You should sign autographs and talk to people. You ought to be grateful to those people who made you famous."



Nokie Edwards


http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-nokie-edwards-ventures-obituary-20180312-story.html



RIP Nokie.


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#462010 - 03/13/18 03:49 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: 90 dB]
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I'm sure that his Japanese fans are deep in mourning. He was treated as divine over there. He once told me that the Japanese are the most loyal people in the world. He and wife Judy spent a lot of time just basking in the Japanese friend's love.

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#462042 - 03/13/18 09:38 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: Don Gaynor]
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Very sad news, but he will live on with the legacy of their sensational music.
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#462071 - 03/14/18 03:17 AM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: Don Gaynor]
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Hi Don
When I heard the news I immediately though of you my friend.

Such a tragic loss that I am sure we all feel.

Great guy and a great guitarist thanks for the music Nokie
you will live in the hall of fame forever and rightly so.

R.I.P Nokie

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#462091 - 03/14/18 06:24 AM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: guitarman]
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Hi Don
When I heard the news I immediately though of you my friend.

Such a tragic loss that I am sure we all feel.

Great guy and a great guitarist thanks for the music Nokie
you will live in the hall of fame forever and rightly so.

R.I.P Nokie

Alan

Alan,

So nice to hear from you.

I knew Nokie since '69 and his guitar work always reminded me of you. You, dear Brit friend, are a great guitarist and I enjoyed working with you. Thank you so much.

I hope that we will be hearing more of that Custom Shop Strat before my exit - stage left.

If ever you want to do something for me, please get together with Roger Jackson ( ROG ) in his York studio and do a few tunes for me. I am imagining some wonderful music from such a collaborative effort.

Your Oklahoma amigo,

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#462115 - 03/14/18 08:40 AM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: Don Gaynor]
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Sad news. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend Don.

There were a lot of instrumental "guitar" groups back in the day, but in my mind the Ventures were a cut above. Great arrangements, and they always rocked. This is a very good book for anyone interested in their history: https://www.amazon.com/Walk-Dont-Run-Ventures-Del-Halterman/dp/0557040515

I play instrumental rock n' roll live and do several of their arrangements. I'll be thinking of Nokie when I'm playing "Walk Don't Run" at my upcoming gig next week.

I'm sure Nokie and Mel (Taylor) will be ripping it up tonight!

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#462120 - 03/14/18 09:22 AM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: Frank Alves]
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Originally Posted By: Frank Alves
Sad news. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend Don.

There were a lot of instrumental "guitar" groups back in the day, but in my mind the Ventures were a cut above. Great arrangements, and they always rocked. This is a very good book for anyone interested in their history: https://www.amazon.com/Walk-Dont-Run-Ventures-Del-Halterman/dp/0557040515

I play instrumental rock n' roll live and do several of their arrangements. I'll be thinking of Nokie when I'm playing "Walk Don't Run" at my upcoming gig next week.

I'm sure Nokie and Mel (Taylor) will be ripping it up tonight!


Thanks, Frank,

A lot of his guitarist friends have been working on a tribute tune for him but just couldn't put it together in time.

My main concern now is for his wife, Judy. They had a wonderful marriage.

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#462205 - 03/14/18 07:05 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: Don Gaynor]
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I hope Judy will have the opportunity to visit this site, read this post and responses.

The Ventures were my heroes, more so than even the Beatles. They played every note with clarity and precision. Their music inspired a generation of musicians.

I got to see them in concert twice. The first time was in 1972. They played an open air concert at the air force base I was stationed at in Taiwan. The second time was sometime in the eighties in High Point, North Carolina.
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#462208 - 03/14/18 07:40 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: Jim Fogle]
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I will try to have Judy follow this wonderful thread.

Thanks for the great suggestion, Jim.

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#462213 - 03/14/18 09:42 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: Don Gaynor]
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I am so sorry to learn this news don. I known he meant a lot to you. Thoughts..

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#462248 - 03/15/18 05:49 AM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: Don Gaynor]
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The music in heaven will be sweeter now. RIP Nokie.

The Ventures were a bit of an odd group, which is what made them great. They were surf rock, but they weren't. They did standards, their recording of "Perfidia" was outstanding. "Walk Don't Run" was originally a Johnny Smith jazz cut, they took the swing out and made it rock. They didn't swing but their music was swinging. Their recordings were very tight - a cut above the standards of the day. They were unique, and all the copycat groups paled in comparison.

The music world is better because they came along.

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#462254 - 03/15/18 06:41 AM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: Notes Norton]
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If there are parallel worlds, the British group, The Shadows came out of a time warp about the same time, supposedly without knowledge of each other.

It's feasible to imagine that both groups were stricken by the new technology introduced in the day, including reverb, compression, parametric EQ, etc. It has always interested me how these two great groups evolved simultaneously yet independently.

I believe that Nokie was the last surviving member of the Ventures.

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#462284 - 03/15/18 08:39 AM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: Don Gaynor]
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Hi Don,

I was in error in my previous post, Bob Bogle passed in 2009, so he will be jamming with Nokie & Mel.

Don Wilson, the only other original member, I believe is still alive.

From Wikipedia:

"After watching Nokie Edwards play at a nightclub, they recruited him as bass player. Bogle owned a Chet Atkins LP, Hi-Fi in Focus, on which he heard the song "Walk, Don't Run". Soon, the group was in a recording studio playing the new song, with Bogle on lead, Wilson on rhythm, Edwards on bass, and Skip Moore on drums."

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#462287 - 03/15/18 08:44 AM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: Don Gaynor]
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Donny, maybe you should ask Dr. Gannon to pin this thread at the top of the list so Nokie's wife can easily find it.
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#462303 - 03/15/18 10:03 AM [Off-Topic] Re: My friend Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame has left the stage. RIP dear friend [Re: MarioD]
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Originally Posted By: MarioD
Donny, maybe you should ask Dr. Gannon to pin this thread at the top of the list so Nokie's wife can easily find it.

Excellent idea, Mario.

I think I will wait until things settle a bit. She has a house full of mourners and probably unable to appreciate it yet. Perhaps after the memorial service. I expect hundreds of their Japanese friends still flying in.

This is how I want to remember the man, guitarist, friend:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHg5qijLFK8

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