Vox AC30: bands

1957-1962

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

Bill Kent

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

The Skyriders

Another AC2/30, used for steel guitar. Picture taken at the Embassy Ballroom, Welling (Kent), 1958. Published in "The Vox Story", ed. Denney and Petersen (1993).

Vox AC2/30 late 1950s
Vox AC2/30 late 1950s

The Jennings plaque on this one is now in the conventional place on the upper front edge of the cabinet.

Gene Vincent and The Rockets

Below, Gene Vincent, early 1960 - first or second leg of his UK tour (6th to 17th January backed by "The Rockets"; 24th January to 26th February backed by "The Beat Boys").

The AC2/30 is apparently upside down, its tilt caused by a cable plugged in on its "underside" at left. Invert in your mind the illustration of the AC2/30 below.

"Accordion Times", December 1957, Jennings advert illustrating the AC2/30.

Cliff Richard and The Drifters

Vox AC2/30, Aylesbury Granada, February 1959

Aylesbury Granada, February 1959, Cliff Richard and The Drifters. Picture from .

Vox AC2/30, Aylesbury Granada, February 1959

Detail, far side of stage. Note the handle.

Single speaker AC/30

Dave Goldberg

Melody Maker magazine, 14th November, 1959, Vox ad.

"Melody Maker" magazine, 28th November, 1959, a detail from a Boosey and Hawkes advert. Dave Goldberg, noted in many adverts as being a Vox user, with what may be an AC/30.

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, NME Poll Winners, 15th April, 1962, with two TV front AC30/4s. Picture from Getty Images.

The Tremors

The Tremors with Vox AC30s in 1961
The Tremors with Vox AC30s in 1961

"The Tremors", a band from Clacton, Essex, with a TV front AC30 and black panel split-front AC30/6 in late 1960 or early 1961, .

The Tremors with Vox AC30s in 1961

The guitar plugged into the Normal channel of the AC30/6.

The Cadillacs

The "Pop Prom", Albert Hall, 16th September, 1962: "The Allisons" backed by "The Cadillacs" - for the latter. The fronts of both TV front amps have the band's name in applied letters at bottom, and top left, the first name of the band member.

The Rinky Dinks

The Rinky Dinks with a TV Front AC30

From "Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar" magazine, January 1964, a rough-print picture of the "Rinky Dinks" with a TV Front AC30:

Split fronts

The Shadows

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

Note the logos high up on the front and the special "The Shadows" legend. Picture from Getty Images.

Calais, 18th June, 1961.

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

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.

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