November 18, 2011

Natives in Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame

OK Music Hall of Fame inducts 3 Native artists

By Dana AttocknieA map and a dart helps The Ventures plan their touring schedule.

“Wherever it landed was where our first job was,” Nole “Nokie” Edwards, lead guitarist for The Ventures, said.

Edwards joined the band in 1959 and said initially they played anywhere they could. Eventually stardom ushered the band to play at venues around the world. Most recently, Edwards performed at the Muskogee Civic Center in Muskogee, Okla. He and two other American Indians, Jessie Ed Davis and Cheevers Toppah, were inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 2011 class.

“It’s great,” Edwards, 76, said. “I want to thank all the fans for supporting me over the years. If it wasn’t for them, this wouldn’t have happened.”
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Edwards and Secola in NAMA Hall of Fame.

Below:  Noble Edwards.

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