Beautiful photograph of Vic's 'Clifford Essex Paragon De Luxe' guitar, the James Bond Theme guitar.
The photograph, by Madeline Newquist, recently featured in Vintage Guitar Magazine.
There's me (Vic), 3rd from the right at the back, with some of the top session musicians of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Foreigner invited Vic and Judy to their gig in Las Vegas.
Vic says, "Mick Jones and the guys treated us like royalty."
In 1963/1964, Ringo's Theme was written by Lennon-McCartney and credited to the George Martin Orchestra
as additional music for "A Hard Days Night". The song, vocally, is "This Boy" and is
both in the movie and on the soundtrack.
Sir George Martin wanted a guitar sound close to the "James Bond Theme" and booked Vic for the gig.
Instead of the Clifford Essex, Vic used a '62 Fender Stratocaster with a '62 Fender Vibrolux amplifier
and got the exact sound George was happy with.
Above: Vic's 1962 Fender Vibrolux amplifier.
(An original Gibson Fuzz Tone is set atop)
Right: Vic and the 1962 Fender Strat.
clockwise from far left: Judy,
John Oxley (friend),
Arthur Greenslade (very busy and famous Musical Director; I'm No Fool!),
Doug Wright (drummer with the John Barry Seven),
Eric Ford (famous London session guitarist),
Johnny Arthey (very busy and famous Musical Director; I'm No Fool, Again!),
Les Reed (composer of Tom Jone's 'It's Not Unusual' and many others),