- "I believe in simplicity." "If you have a melodic line, people will like it. If you can hum it, you can have a hit." -
Mr. Edwards once told the San Antonio Express-News.

THE VENTURES Mosrite Guitar - Hard Rock Cafe - Honolulu, Hawaii

*Check out this vintage red, white and blue Ventures Mosrite axe. Too cool!


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Electric Guitar Pioneers THE VENTURES - How Much Do You Know?

Transcript of the email sent by Staci on 04/30/2019

"Stars On Guitars" 
 New Movie About The Ventures 
 Coming Soon!

Yes, it has been a couple of years since you've heard from us -- but we haven't stopped working on the film, not for a moment. Since our last email to you, we've filmed brand new interviews with Don Wilson, plus special guests Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival, musician/actors like Billy Bob Thornton and Eric Roberts... they all want to tell the world about how The Ventures and my dad/co-founder of the band, Don Wilson, influenced them... and it's nearly time unleash all this creativity!

Directed by me, Staci Layne Wilson, with my dad, and brother and sister Tim Wilson and Jill Fairbanks producing, we promise this will be the best documentary we can possibly bring you.


Started by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle in 1959, The Ventures went from humble beginnings in Tacoma, WA., to worldwide chart-topping highs and inductees into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the #1 Bestselling INstrumental Rock Group of all time. Their hits include: Walk, Don't Run; Hawaii 5-O; Pipeline; Wipeout; Perfidia, and many other memorable tunes.

How did they do it, and what keeps them going as they celebrate their 60th year? Who among your favorite bandshave they influenced, and what are some of the most surprising facts about The Ventures? In this family-made film, a true labor of love and passion project, you will learn the answers to all those questions--and more.

We just need a little help to get over the finish line. Are you a journalist or a blogger? Would you like to publish a story or interview Don about the movie? Are you a fan of The Ventures? Please share with your fellow enthusiasts.

Here are the links to share or/and check out the story for yourself--this one is unique because it's the children of a musician joining together to create the ultimate tribute.

Another unique perspective is the female angle to the story-- yes, The Ventures are a guy's guitar band, but you may not know that my grandma, Josie Wilson, was one of the first womam record producers in history (she was even awarded an honorary Grammy in the 2000s) . She helped get The Ventures' name out there. What's more, there are many female musicians who cite The Ventures as influences--we have interviews with The Surfrajettes, The Neptunas, The Whys, and Nashville star Liz Brasher.

Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it! Please kindly take a moment to read it her.

Thank you!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Celebrating the life of THE VENTURES guitarist Nokie Edwards!

Sharing the video from the You Tube channel "TheVenturesMovie".

"Celebrating the life of THE VENTURES guitarist Nokie Edwards! June 3, 2018 - event organized by Tim Wilson. 

Performing with Don Wilson are: JC McCormick, Mick Radford, Joe Rosignolo, Jack DeFranco, and Chris Meadors."

Video shot by Staci Layne Wilson.

For updates on THE VENTURES Documentary, please follow us at Facebook.com/TheVenturesMovie 

Part 1-2

Part 2-2

Photo by @TheVenturesMovie

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Nokie Edwards Memorial a Fond Farewell to Ventures Guitar Hero

Published by Stephen K. Peeples
Stephen K. Peeples website
In April 16, 2018

...[ Pastor Andre Veluzat and his son Pastor Paul Veluzat hosted a memorial for Nokie Edwards, legendary lead guitarist with The Ventures, Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and longtime family friend, at the Village Church in Newhall, Santa Clarita, California, on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Attending were Edwards' devoted wife of 31 years, Judy, and dozens of family members and friends who paid their final respects to a man who has had a huge infruence as a musician on fans worldwide, from his early days with The Ventures until his death on March 12, 2018. ]...

...[ Nokie Edwards and the Melody Ranch Connection
The local Santa Clarita Valley connection is the Veluzat family, owners of the historic and world-famous "Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio" a half-hour north of Hollywood in Newhall. Andre, Renaud and their father Paul bought the studio and its old-West Main Street set from legendary singing cowboy Gene Autry in 1990. ]... 

Read the continuation of the full article on journalist Stephen K. Peeples's page:

After which Nokie will return to Yuma and be cremated and returned to other locations.

Sharing the full video of "The Ventures' Nokie Edwards Memorial in Village Church, Santa Clarita, Newhall, California, April 14, 2018, saturday.

Uploaded by Stephen Peeples (YouTube channel)
April 15, 2018
The Ventures' Nokie Edwards - Memorial in Santa Clarita, 04-14-18

Video length: 2h11m07s
YouTube (Stephen Peeples)

Thursday, March 29, 2018

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 - http://www.nokieedwards.com


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