RIP Jim “Father of Loud” Marshall
A statement posted on the Marshall website called him a “legendary man” who led a “truly remarkable life”.
Fomer Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash tweeted: “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!”
From 1960, Marshall owned a moderately successful music store in Hanwell selling drums and then branching out into guitars. His many guitar playing customers (including Ritchie Blackmore, Jim Sullivan and Pete Townshend) spoke of the need for a particular kind of amplifier and Marshall saw the opportunity. He recruited an 18-year-old electronics apprentice, Dudley Craven, who was previously working for EMI and, with his help, began producing prototype amplifiers, resulting in the foundation of Marshall Amplification, in 1962.
In 1984 Marshall was awarded the “Queens Award for Export”, an honour bestowed by the Queen of the United Kingdom in recognition of Marshall Amplification’s outstanding export achievement over a three-year period.
Mr Marshall will be remembered alongside guitarmakers Leo Fender and Les Paul for shaping the sound of the modern electric guitar. RIP Jim.