Saturday, April 7, 2012

"FATHER OF LOUD" JIM MARSHALL DIED AT 88

Jim Marshall
Jim Marshall, who founded Marshall Amplification 50 years ago, has died.

He was 88. Marshall was nicknamed the “father of loud” and his Marshall amps became synonymous with hard rock as superstar guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend and Richie Blackmore used his amplifiers.

Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz said: “I am very saddened by the passing of a great man and friend, Jim Marshall. He was an accomplished musician who loved to sing and play drums. He was an innovator who created the essential tools for rock and roll. He was an astute businessman and entrepreneur whose company was celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. I will miss him. The world will miss his presence.”

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!”

Joe Bonamassa tweeted: “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.”

A statement on Jim Marshall’s website reads: “Jim rose to become one of the forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar, as we know and love it today, to be born. 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.”

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