Founding Ventures member Nokie Edwards dead at age 82

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicNokie Edwards, founding bassist and later lead guitarist of the influential surf-rock group The Ventures, died Monday, March 12, at age 82 after battling an infection following hip surgery this past December.

A message on the band’s website announced Edwards’ passing. “The Ventures family feels this loss very deeply: Nokie has been part of the Ventures’ history for almost 6 decades and helped to shape the early Ventures’ sound and the success of their career,” the note reads.

“He was an innovator and one of the greats on guitar, so much so …read more