LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nokie Edwards, a guitarist and bassist for surf rock pioneers The Ventures and a member of the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame, has died on the age of 82, the band’s supervisor mentioned on Tuesday.
Edwards, who performed bass on the massively common 1960 surf rock rendition of“Stroll, Don’t Run” earlier than switching to guitar, died on Monday after struggling an an infection following hip surgical procedure in December, supervisor Fiona Taylor mentioned.
“Nokie has been a part of the Ventures’ historical past for nearly six many years and helped to form the early Ventures’ sound and the success of their profession,” the band mentioned in an announcement on its web site.“He was an innovator and one of many greats on guitar.”
Edwards, an Oklahoma native who was dwelling in Yuma, Arizona, fell and injured his hip on Christmas, Taylor mentioned.
The Ventures had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 2008 by Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty and had been lauded as probably the most profitable instrumental group in rock historical past.
The group is greatest identified for 1960’s“Stroll, Don’t Run,” which reached No. 2 on the charts, promoting 2 million copies. The Ventures, fashioned in Washington state in 1958, additionally carried out the theme to the TV collection“Hawaii 5-O.”
The Ventures are particularly common in Japan and the Edwards-penned music“Ginza Lights” was one in all their first hits within the nation, the band mentioned in an announcement.
The band final toured in 2016, scheduling almost three dozen performances in Japan, in accordance with their web site.
Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Enhancing by Leslie Adler