Vox AC30: bands


in progress, January 2020

Early AC30s (the AC2/30 and AC/30)

Below, Bill Kent on stage, Maidstone, 1958:

Vox AC2/30, Bill Kent band, 1958

Raggett's Hall, Maidstone, 1958. The "VOX" logo has gone, but the small plaque underneath - "Jennings" (?) - remains.

Vox AC2/30, Bill Kent band, 1958

Bill Kent again, the amp not yet decorated, but minus its logo.

Vox AC2/30 late 1950s

"Melody Maker" magazine, 1st February, 1958.

Pictures and music from Bill's collection

Another AC2/30, used for steel guitar. Picture said to have been taken at the Embassy Ballroom, Welling (Kent), late 50s. Publication as yet unknown.

Vox AC2/30 late 1950s

Interesting to note that Denney is said to have used an AC2/30 at the Embassy Ballroom (Embassy Court). The Jennings plaque on this one is now in the conventional place on the upper front edge of the cabinet.

TV Fronts

The Shadows

The Cliff Richard Show, BBC, early 1961.

The Olympics

June 1962, with three generations of Vox amps: TV Front AC30/4 at front; AC15 middle; new split-front AC30 behind.

Billy Fury

On stage, 1960 or 1961 (?), with two TV front AC30/4s. Picture from Getty Images.

Split fronts

The Shadows

"Melody Maker" magazine, 23rd September, 1961. New AC30s in black cloth with logos high up on the front.

NME Poll Winner's concert, March 1961 (?). Photographed by .

Adam Faith's band

NME Poll Winners concert, 15th April 1962, photo by Harry Hammond, his archive now in the . Notice the full cloth front of the speaker cabinet, as in the early adverts. Later beige cabs had split fronts - certainly by the time of the concert - see below.

The Hartbeats

April 1962, with an AC30 Super Twin. Photo .

Billy Fury

His band rehearsing, date unknown, but probably 1962.

The Tornados

Rehearsing, early 1962, Larry Parnes in the foreground. From left to right: AC30/6 Super Twin II (two cabinets) with an older Vox amp tucked behind; an AC30/6 Super Twin I or II; an AC30 Twin with another behind, probably a spare.

The Spotnicks

"Thank Your Lucky Stars", 6th October, 1962.