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


The Ventures gozava de sua maior popularidade e sucessos nos EUA, na década de 60, mas eles continuaram a executar e gravar até o presente (2008).

Com mais de 110 milhões de álbuns vendidos em todo o mundo, o grupo continua a ser o melhor grupo de Rock Instrumental a vender em todos os tempos.

38 álbuns (incluindo um álbum sazonal de Natal) nas paradas dos EUA, e seis dos quatorze compactos incluídos no quadro do "Top 40", e com três no "Top 10".

De seus 38 álbuns classificados, 34 ocorreram na década de 60, e The Ventures foi classificado como o 6º melhor álbum pop executado para aquela década, de acordo com "Joel Whitburn (Top Pop Albuns)".

Entre suas realizações na América, em 1963 The Ventures tinha cinco LPs na "Billboard Top 100", ao mesmo tempo.

Além disso, eles lançaram uma série de LPs instrucional, intitulado de "Play Guitar with The Ventures" (tocar guitarra com The Ventures) e "Play Electric Bass with The Ventures" (tocar baixo elétrico com The Ventures), acompanhados de encarte com acordes e diagramas de músicas, separados por guitarra líder, baixo e rítmico, intitulado de "Guitar Phonics System booklet". Cinco LPs foram lançados nesta série, o primeiro dos quais chegou a "Billboard Top 100 Album Chart", um feito inédito anteriormente por um LP de instrução.

Em uma nova conquista, The Ventures foi o primeiro a colocar duas versões diferentes da mesma música no "Top 10", sendo esses "Walk Don't Run" (2º lugar) e "Walk Don't Run'64" (8º lugar).

Fonte referência: Wikipédia (inglês)


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