RIP Jim Marshall OBE ~ 1923-2012

Jim Marshall, the founder of Marshall Amplification, has died aged 88.

Official words from Marshall on the http://www.jimmarshall.co.uk/ website:

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved founder and leader for the past 50 years, Jim Marshall. While mourning the Guv’nor though, we also salute a legendary man who led a full and truly remarkable life.

Jim’s ascent into the history books as ‘the Father of Loud’ and the man responsible for ‘the Sound of Rock’ is a true rags-to-riches tale. Cruelly robbed of his youth by tubercular bones, Jim rose to become one of the four forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born. The ground breaking quartet also included the late, great trio of Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover – together with Jim, they truly are the cornerstones of all things rock.

In addition to the creation of the amps chosen by countless guitar heroes and game changing bands, Jim was also an incredibly humble and generous man who, over the past several decades, has quietly donated many millions of pounds to worthy causes.

While the entire Marshall Amplification family mourns Jim’s passing and will miss him tremendously, we all feel richer for having known him and are happy in the knowledge that he is now in a much better place which has just got a whole lot louder!

Rest in Peace & thank you Jim.

Your memory; the music and joy your amps have brought to countless millions for the past five decades; and that world-famous, omnipresent script logo that proudly bears your name will always live on.

Top Tweets

@Slash “The news of Jim Marshall passing is deeply saddening. R & R will never be the same w/out him. But, his amps will live on FOREVER!”

@JBonamassa “A very sad day for the Marshall family. My thoughts and prayers go out to Paul and his family. Rest in Peace Jim Marshall OBE.”

@DaveMustaine “I have never been sadder than today. My dear friend and father figure Dr. Jim Marshall OBE has passed away. I am at a loss for words…”

@SteveLukather “RIP Jim Marshall.. changed guitar amplification and rock n roll forever! God Bless him…”

@NikkiSixx “R.I.P. Jim Marshall. You were responsible for some of the greatest audio moments in music’s history and 50% of all our hearing loss……”

@ZakkWyldebls “GOD BLESS FATHER MARSHALL… I Thank The GOOD LORD I was Blessed To have You In My Life… You Rule.”

@Tmorello Amp stolen in ’88.The store hadda Marshall vs latest solidstate fancy one.Flipped a coin.Changed my sound & my life.RIP Jim Marshall &thanks”

@JoePerry “Great sorrow hearing bout the great Jim Marshall passing. Everytime we plug in and make people smile,we owe him debt beyond counting!!!”

@Yngwe_Malmsteen “Jim Marshall was a dear friend. The news of Jim passing is deeply saddening, everyday I plug in the studio or stage he will always be there.”

Leave a message of condolence on the offical Jim Marshall OBE website: http://www.jimmarshall.co.uk/ or Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/JimMarshallOBE

A Minutes Feedback in tribute to Jim Marshall – The Father of Loud

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About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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