JIM MARSHALL “The Father of Loud” Passes Away at 88

Jim Marshall 1923-2012 Credit: ITVAnglia

Jim Marshall, who was known as “The Father of Loud” for designing the amplifiers that became famous in the rock world, has died at 88.

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

Marshall had cancer and had a series of strokes stated his son, Terry Marshall.  Marshall died in a London hospice Thursday morning.

“My wife and I were with him when he passed away,” Terry Marshall told the AP. “He got cancer toward the end of last year, and had surgery for that, and it came back. He was in a terrible state the last five or six weeks. He’s in a much better place now.”

Based in England, Jim Marshall said he created his first amp in 1960. Such notible performers such as Pete Townshend of The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, used stacks of Marshall amps to create their hard rock sounds.

“Sad to hear we have lost dear friend & innovator Jim Marshall,” wrote Peter Frampton on his Twitter account. “Condolences to Paul & Marshall fam. One of a kind & I will miss him. RIP Jim.”

I think that Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue summed it up for most of us on his Tweet:

“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……”

The company statement captures the spirit of Marshall’s contribution to music, saying, “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!”

Stay tuned to Braingell Radio.  A full obituary will be posted on latimes.com/obits.

On Thursday morning, rock musicians turned to Twitter to express their condolences.

You can leave yours at Twitter: @louderthanwar and Facebook

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