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It is with deep sorrow that we acknowledge the death of amplifier innovator Jim Marshall (aka “The Father of Loud”), who has passed away at the age of 88, according to The Guardian.
A drummer, Marshall was, as legend has it, inspired to create his first amplifier after guitar-playing customers at his music store in England (most notably Pete Townshend) expressed the need for a loud and affordable British-made loudspeaker for ear-shredding purposes. Marshall, along with Dudley Craven, founded Marshall Amplification in 1962 and his trademark air-pushers quickly became the equipment of choice for guitarists seeking to obliterate eardrums. Since then, Marshall amps have become synonymous with rock and roll and eventually heavy metal and other musical genres seeking all that is loud in music presentation.
A tribute to the late Englishman has been posted to Marshall Amps’ website. You can read it below.
"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 groundbreaking quartet also includes 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."