British Bands with Vox equipment in the States, 1964

Roy Orbison, November 1964, Wisconsin

Roy Orbison with "The Candymen" on stage at the high school gym in Eau Claire, Wisconsin: November 11, 1964. Note the AC50 and Foundation Bass cab at right.

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This page is the beginnings of a gathering together of photos showing British bands on tour in the USA in 1964 with Vox equipment brought over from the UK - both preceding the "Million Dollar" deal that Vox (JMI) signed with Thomas Organ in late August '64, and after.

Thomas Organ seems first to have started providing Vox equipment for events in the USA in late December '64.

The Beatles

Relevant material relating to The Beatles can be found . The Beatles were the best ambassadors that JMI could have hoped for - from the appearances and concerts in February (AC50s and AC100 bass) through to the first major tour in August and September (AC100s all round).

The Rolling Stones

Again, great ambassadors for JMI, particularly Bill Wyman, who regularly used an AC100 with two Foundation Bass through to late 1965 - .

Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas

(with Gerry and the Pacemakers)

The TAMI show, 28th-29th October, 1964, equipment brought over from England .

The Animals

WMCA Good Guys, NY Paramount Theatre, 4th-13th September 1964

WMCA Good Guys, BY Paramount Theater, September 1964
WMCA Good Guys, BY Paramount Theater, September 1964

Pictures from Getty Images. A large and small box AC50 on view, an assortment of cabs and an AC30. No AC100 in shot however.

WMCA Good Guys, BY Paramount Theater, September 1964
WMCA Good Guys, BY Paramount Theater, September 1964

"Record Mirror", 26th September, 1964. The show lost the promoters $50,000.

KYA Swim Party, San Francisco, 3rd October 1964

KYA Swim Party, San Francisco, October 1964
KYA Swim Party, San Francisco, October 1964

"New Musical Express", 16th October, 1964. A large box AC50, and on the stage, perhaps not plugged in, an AC100.

The Zombies

(with The Hullaballoos)

Murray the K's Big Holiday Show, Brooklyn Fox Theater, 29th December, 1964

The Zombies, Murray the K show, 29th December 1964

Picture from Getty Images. On stage, two AC30s (out of picture above) and a large-box AC50 with 2x15" bass cabinet.