Farewell to The Father of Loud

Jim Marshall with rock and roller Joe Brown
Jim Marshall with rock and roller Joe Brown

JIM Marshall OBE, founder of the iconic Marshall Amp, passed away at Willen Hospice on Thursday.

The music legend, who was 88, had been suffering poor health for some time.

In a statement, the company said: “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.

“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.

“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.”

When the London-born businessman produced the first amplifier, not in his wildest dreams could he have imagined the impact that he, and his Marshall brand would have on the music world.

Without Jim, rock ‘n’ roll would be a far quieter place.

The Marshall empire was built on drive, dedication and passion, traits that Jim learned early in life.

As a young boy he battled his way back to health having suffered tubercular bones, and lengthy hospital stays.

Music was his passion from an early age – he was a successful singer and drummer, before opening a store in Hanwell, London, selling instruments.

Bands began asking Jim to create an amp with the volume and the power they craved, but couldn’t find.

He obliged, and the rest as they say, is rock ‘n’ roll history.

Jim moved his business to Bletchley in 1968 where the brand has proudly remained ever since.

In recent years he made Woughton on the Green his home.

Though he made his fortune, Jim was famed for his generosity, supporting numerous local charities and good causes.

He famously donated £750,000 to MK Hospital, enabling the opening of the Macmillan Haematology and Oncology Unit, and paid for the auditiorium at Wavendon’s music venue, The Stables, named in his honour.

The man known as The Father of Loud will be sorely missed worldwide, but his invaluable contribution to music will never be forgotton.

Jim is survived by children Terry and Victoria, and step-children Paul and Dawn.

> See Thursday’s edition of the Citizen for full tribute.