NOKIE EDWARDS 1935 – 2018

Nole “Nokie” Edwards passed away early this morning 12 March, according to family sources. The musical world has lost an iconic treasure. He was an accomplished musician known primarily for his work with the Ventures, starting as their bass player, but quickly taking over as lead guitarist. The Ventures sold over 100 million records. He played lead guitar for many Country and Western legends throughout his career and he had a worldwide following. In 2008 he was inducted, along with The Ventures, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For the last 25 years he has released numerous CDs and has had an ever-increasing fanbase, thanks to his virtuoso fingerstyle guitar style. Nokie always made us laugh with his jokes and smile with his music. He will be missed. “Nokie” Edwards 1935-2018 R.I.P.


RIP BRUCE BROWN (Sandals + Bruce Brown)

 MALCOLM LENNY (ex Packabeats) BOOK

Malcolm Lenny (ex Packabeats) has a book out. While not a 100 percent musical memoir book he does recall his time with The Packabeats and The Hi Fi’s

It’s available in paperback and e-format at Amazon worldwide

Here’s the Amazon UK link: Paperback & E-book

Book Description:  After being told that I should make a note of all the stories and people I’ve met during my life in music, as well as working in the television industry for 34 years, I felt compelled to put my own reminisces down on paper. It’s just that it occurred to me that I’ve met an awful lot of quite well-known people during my life, albeit some in only a small way. I played in ‘60s pop groups The Packabeats and recorded 3 singles with Joe Meek (The TELSTAR Man) and The Hi-Fi’s and recorded two singles with Glyn Johns (The Beatles  record producer after George Martin). I also had a No.1 & No.4 in the German charts in ’65 and ’66 and a hit album with The Hi-Fi’s. Later on I worked in the TV industry, mostly with London Weekend Television (ITV) and later SKY TV (Satellite TV).



Bassics Pre-Amplifier for Bass Guitars

The BPA-1 is available now and on demo at all the leading UK specialist Bass shops.

Developed by Malcolm Toft, full info here: 



We have now updated our index of reviews and it cover issues 1 through 106 and also added a list of features also covering the same period.
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