Jim Marshall creator of the legendary Marshall Amp dies at age 88
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Jim Marshall creator of the legendary Marshall Amp dies at age 88

London : United Kingdom | Apr 06, 2012 at 9:57 AM PDT
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Jim Marshall, the genius behind Rock 'n' Roll amplification and creator of the famed "Marshall Stack" died Thursday morning after losing his year-long battle with cancer.

The man dubbed as "The Father of Loud" spent his final days in an English hospice located in southeast England after being diagnosed with cancer at the end of 2011 and suffering a series of severe strokes in recent years.

"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved founder and leader for the past 50 years, Jim Marshall," read the statement posted on his company website. "While mourning the Guv'nor though, we also salute a legendary man who led a full and truly remarkable life."

Born in London on July 29, 1923, Marshall began his working career taking on a number of menial jobs as he learned to tap dance, play the drums and in his spare time educating himself in field of engineering.

Shortly after World War II Marshall began giving drum lessons and in time opening his own drum shop in London where he later gave lessons to a young man named Mitch Mitchell, later to become the drummer for a relatively unknown artist named Jimmy Hendrix. Mitchell would soon after introduce Marshall to Hendrix.

Marshall went on to expand his inventory to include guitars and amps per the advice of a young musician by the name of Peter Townsend and business suddenly boomed.

Townsend and friend Ritchie Blackmore were among many that frequented shop although it was mainly those two that challenged Marshall to design an amp with more power than the clean sounding Fenders of the time.

Marshall took up that challenge in the early 60's and the rest is Rock 'n' Roll history.

Tributes to the pioneering legend began pouring out shortly after the news of his death. Slash, former lead guitarist for Guns N' Roses posted on twitter:

"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!"

Nikki Sixx, bassist for Motley Crew said that Marshall was "responsible for some of the greatest audio moments in music's history - and 50% responsible of all our hearing loss."

In the immortal words of Spinal Tap, "TURN IT UP TO 11."

R.I.P. Mr. Marshall, we thank you.

Marshall is survived by son Terry, daughter Victoria and two stepchildren along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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