Message from Judy Edwards

" To Nokie's Family, Fan Family and Friends...

Nokie' passing has been a great loss around the world. He is mourned by us all.

My heart has broken to the point I don't think anything can put it back together again. The doctors and nurses at Yuma Regional Hospital worked very hard to get Nokie back to good health so I could bring him home. The infections and other health issues overtook his body. His immune system was just not strong enough any longer.

I am conforted by knowing Nokie is standing and walking by God's side, he is no longer in pain. Nokie is playing in Heaven's big band now with all his pickin' family and friends (so many to mention) that went before him.

Before his passing, we talked about doing a final tour for him, just one more time. He asked me if I thought he could make it to go out and play, even if it was only one or two songs with his HitchHiker band. He said they could do the rest and he would shake hands and sign autographs for the fan family. Of couse I said... If you are up for it, I will do anything to help.

The day after Nokie's passing early in the morning, I sat straight up in bed, I knew he was there with me. Getting up around 4 AM, my sister getting up shortly after me, I told her I know what I have to do... "A Celebration of Life Memorial Tour"... This is what Nokie wants. A way for the family, fan family and friends to say, "I'll see you later." His music will live on in all of us. His legacy will live on in history forever.

My man was one soft touch on the guitar and a great joke and story teller, plus you can add magician... The Japanese people would say, "Nokie magic!"

Thank you all for the condolence cards, emails, the flowers and all the prayers.

Love to all,
Judy Edwards "

Source: Nokie Edwards Official website -

Saturday, July 26, 2008


Enquanto eles já existiam antes da chegada dos termos "surf guitar" e "surf rock" (eles não se consideram um grupo de surf music). Eles foram um importante alicerce da "surf music", se não for o primeiro a tocar o seu estilo.

Guitar Player, em um artigo intitulado "20 Essential Rock Albums", cita que os seus elementos do álbum de 1960, "Walk Don't Run", contém preságios de tendências surf.

The Ventures foi pioneiro na utilização de efeitos especiais sobre essas músicas, como "2000 Pound Bee" gravado em finais de 1962, no qual o guitarrista Nokie Edwards emprega um pedal de distorção "Fuzz", prenunciando como "King of Fuzz Guitar", Davie Allan (The Arrows), três anos depois.

Nokie Edwards foi também um dos primeiros a usar no rock, guitarra de doze cordas.

O álbum "The Ventures In Space" de 1964, foi o primeiro a usar efeitos especiais, e fez uso pioneiro do "reverse-tracking", uma técnica utilizada de forma muito eficaz por The Beatles, em pós '60.

"The Ventures In Space", devido aos seus efeitos surreais e espaciais, foi considerada uma influência sobre a geração psicodélica de San Francisco, posterior a '60. Assim como são citados como favorito pelo falecido Keith Moon (The Who).

A versão da música "Telstar" (The Tornados), lançado em janeiro de 1963, incluiu um dos primeiros casos de "flanging" em uma gravação pop.

O Grupo foi um dos primeiros representantes de rock, capazes de vender álbuns baseados em um "estilo e som" sem necessidade de "hit singles" nos álbuns.

Aos The Ventures, também são creditados pelo "The All Music Guide To Rock" como início da formulação do "conceito álbum".

A "Encyclopedia Britannica On-line", afirma que The Ventures "serviu como protótipo aos grupos de rock baseados em guitarra".

Fonte referência: Wikipédia (inglês)


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