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 -

Friday, July 29, 2016


A música foi originalmente criada simultaneamente com a progressão dos acordes do violão de Jack Nitzsche e a letra cantada por Sonny Bono. Pode-se afirmar que esta música foi a origem do estilo de música "Folk Rock" da dupla de casal Sonny & Cher iniciada em 1964. 

Esta música foi gravada em Single em 1963 e muito bem interpretada pela pretty cantora e compositora americana Jackie DeShannon (clique para detalhes: The Story Of Jackie DeShannon).
Ela foi uma das primeiras mulheres cantora e compositora no período do Rock and Roll e com créditos de hits da década de 1960 em diante. Foi também colaboradora de Van Morrison, Randy Newman, Sharon Sheeley, Jimmy Page, Michael McDonald... conhecia Eddie Cochran e namorou Elvis Presley, Bryan MacLean... Fez a abertura do tour americano de The Beatles em 1964.
Arranjo de Jack Nitzsche. Produtor Dick Glasser. Gravadora Liberty Records.

Chegou aos 84º na Hot 100 Single Chart da Billboard nos EUA, 58º na Cashbox (magazine) e alcançou o 1º lugar nas paradas do Single Chart do Canadá.

O Grupo THE VENTURES fez a sua versão instrumental de guitarra com Nokie Edwards usando virtuosamente as técnicas de bend, slide, hammer e com o efeito marcante de "FUZZ" na guitarra Mosrite com o "Red Rhodes Fuzz box" (clique para detalhes) .

Foi gravada no álbum de LP "The Fabulous Ventures" pelo Selo Dolton da Liberty Records em junho de 1964.

A partir deste LP "The Fabulous Ventures" assume como produtor o Dick Glasser no lugar de Bob Reisdorf. O Dick Glasser foi cantor, compositor e produtor musical de vários artistas, entre eles o The Markets, The Everly Brothers, Hank Williams Jr. e outros.

Em 1999 comemorando os 40 anos do Grupo, foi lançado um CD pela M&I Company com 16 músicas "The Ventures Play 'Runaway' - Don Wilson's Favorite Vocals", onde foi gravada uma faixa desta música com a versão vocal de Don Wilson.

E em 2009 comemorando os 50 anos de carreira juntamente com os The Fabulous Wailers, foi lançado o CD pela Blue Horizon Records "Two Car Garage" com vocal de Don Wilson e do Grupo The Fabulous Wailers.

É uma bela balada que transformou em hit de vários artistas posteriormente como The Searchers, Cher, Del Shannon, The Turtles, Smokie, Petula Clark, Ramones, etc. E alcançou o pico de 1º lugar em países da Europa.

Jackie DeShannon - "Needles And Pins" (1963)

The Ventures - "Needles And Pins" (1964)

"Needles And Pins" (picking and left hand cover)


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