In sad news that will be mourned across the entire music world, the founder of Marshall Amps, Dr Jim Marshall OBE has passed away at the age of 88. Jim was an amazing creative force in building innovative new technologies for live music throughout the last fifty years and there will be few musicians or music lovers out there who will not have reaped the benefits of his work. Rocksins would just like to add our names to the rapidly growing list of individuals, bands, companies and websites offering our sympathies to his family and his colleagues at Marshall Amps.
There has been an official announcement posted on Jim’s website, which can be read 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 ground breaking 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.
Anyone who would like more information on Jim Marshall can visit his personal website at www.jimmarshall.co.uk, an online condolence book will be open there soon for those wanting to leave notes for his family. Anyone wishing to know more about Marshall Amps the official Marshall Amps website is www.marshallamps.com. The music world owes a huge debt to Jim Marshall so let’s all contribute towards giving him a proper, fitting sendoff.