Vox in America, 1965

The 4th Teenage Fair at the Hollywood Palladium, 9th - 16th April, 1965.

The earliest pictures to have emerged so far of AC100s in the States - ie. of amps not belonging to the Beatles (or any other English band) - come from April 1965: from the 4th Teen Age Fair at the Hollywood Palladium, venue for the LA stage of a "Battle of the Bands" stretching over Easter week '65. The competition was won by Captain Beefheart. A sizeable amount of Vox equipment was provided for the event by Thomas Organ.

For the background to the association of Thomas Organ and Vox / Jennings, .

  • Santa Ana Register, 12th March, 1965
  • San Mateo Times, 19th March, 1965

On the left, "The Santa Ana Register", 12th March, 1965; on the right, "The San Mateo Times", 19th March. Auditions for the events evidently began well in advance. Marv Kaiser continued in his role as representative of the Vox division of Thomas Organ at least until October 1966.

During the LA leg of the event at the Palladium, The Challengers, a surf group, served as the house band, providing music during the interludes between the competition rounds for the broadcast coverage of the days.

The Challengers, April 1965

An AC50 in the foreground, and an AC100 further up stage. This picture and the one below .

The cabs belonging to the two Vox amps at left.

The first Vox Teen Beat magazine, produced slightly in advance of the Teenage Fair, had this to say:

"Pierced ear drums are expected to be the only casualties this week as 80 torrid teen combos battle for the Vox sound crown at the Teen Age Fair. Forty groups will vie at the Bay area show in Vox "Battle of the Bands" while the other forty will fight Vox "Battle of the Beat" at the Palladium in Los Angeles.

A copy of the Vox advert (perhaps the earliest in the States) that had been published in late 1964.

Captain Beefheart, April 1965

Captain Beefheart, winner of the Los Angeles competition, on stage at the Palladium, April 1965. Note at front of stage the "Dave Clark Five" and "Jumping Beatles" standees,

San Francisco, April 1965

The San Franscisco Battle, April 1965 - probably Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose, Santa Clara County, California. Foundation Bass to left, an AC100 (or possibly a thick-edged small-box AC50) on a large-box AC50 cab, and at right an AC30SRT. Picture from .

A Vox advert for the Brothers Grim in Teen Beat magazine no. 1. The band, which performed and recorded very little, were said to be the first endorsers of Vox.