Jennings Musical Industries - The Queen's Award

4th April 1967

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Above, the cover and inner page of the "Beacon", house journal of Royston Industries, the company that had a controlling interest in Vox / Jennings Musical Industries (JMI). For the issue in its entirety, .

The blurb says "..in which the name of Royston Industries appears, honoured for the Export Achievements of Jennings Musical Industries, which last year exported over £750,000 worth of electronic musical equipment to over 70 countries in all parts of the world."

Extract from the "London Gazette" for Friday 21st April 1967 - the page listing Royston and Jennings.

The immediate background to Jennings's export drive in 1966 was widely reported in music newspapers and magazines, much as the sales to Thomas Organ in America had been in 1965 - by "The Economist", "Billboard Magazine" and many others.

Billboard magazine, May 1966, Vox export drive in Russia

Billboard magazine, May 1966.

"The Stage" newspaper, 30th June 1966.

"The Stage" newspaper, 18th August 1966.

The Stage newspaper, Vox demonstration in Russia

"Billboard Magazine", 28th January 1967 - short report pre-dating the Queen's Award by a few months.

The photo-shoot at Royston Industries' head office

Although most of "The Beacon" for July 1967 is devoted to Jennings, only two photos of the gathering at 3 Hill Street in Mayfair were published - a detail of Dick Denney, and Dave Clark of the "Dave Clark Five" taking tea:

Note the flock wallpaper in the background. Other photos from the day have also turned up, a wide shot of Dick Denney playing his Vox "New Escort Special" guitar into a wah-wah pedal and Vox Supreme, and of Denney and Dave Clark in front of the amp:

A note really, the pic. below was published in "Beat Instrumental", January 1969 - organs and Gyrotones in the same room at the head office: