It seems an everyday occurrence at the moment that someone from the music world departs from our world. But it’s not very often that the person, Jim Marshall (The Father of Loud), helped change for what we now take for granted. When you hear the name of Marshall Amplification you think of a multi million pound organisation and not the humble person who formed it. To be honest I did fall into that category but since then I have been reading what performers worldwide have said about this person who gave the world loud music.It’s hard to believe he set it all up back in the early 60’s after hearing local musicians complain about amplifiers that were then currently available. Without him would we have heard those guitar solos of Jimi Hendrix or Pete Townshend creating many a guitar cacophony? Yes we probably still would have but not to the same sound we can hear them today. In fact name me a rock band that doesn’t name check Marshall Amps. I’m sure a fair few of them trashed theirs on stage too!
Wouldn’t it be great if they could set up a concert to show off his innovation with the cream of those artists who have spoke fondly of him in the past few days. Being as Jim was a big supporter of charities, I’m sure a benefactor could be found. Let us not forget the people in music that have allowed it to progress forward instead of those who only reap from such people’s efforts.
Jim Marshall OBE 1923 – 2012.