Nokie Edwards (Nole Floyd Edwards) is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist with the instrumental rock band The Ventures. He continues to tour Japan annually with the group, primarily in winter.
Happy Birthday Nokie!
Bob Reisdorff ( Dolphin- Dolton Records ) once told me that the photo on the first Ventures LP was shot with members of the Liberty Records staff ( two of them from Distribution ) and NONE of the ” real ” Ventures were represented, as they were away” on tour ”
I once met later- drummer Mel Taylor, standing out in front of Sunset Sound, having a fag (which eventually would kill him )
Funny, when I first saw him from my car, I thought he was my friend Sonny Bono !
Very kind, he invited me in for a ” listen ” to the drumming he was over-dubbing at Sunset Sound.
He liked the fact that I knew about the early label-
I once saw a quasi-royalty-statement from LP sales in Japan, it read:
” In 5 years, The Ventures have sold in excess of NINETEEN MILLION ALBUMS, out-selling Elvis AND The Beatles, and continue to tour here ”
The Ventures and Fleetwoods were the BEST from Mister Reisdorff!
All the best to you and yours.
The Hollywood Phantom