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Amplifier wizard Jim Marshall dies at 88

April 6, 2012 - London

Jim Marshall, who created the iconic amplifiers that made rock n roll noisier, died at the age of 88.

Dubbed by the world's top rockers as "Father of Loud", his invention was used by some of the globe's greatest guitarists, including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Kurt Cobain and Noel Gallagher.

The amps were also favoured by 'The Beatles', 'Led Zeppelin' and 'Blur'.

Ex-drummer Marshall, who ran a music shop in Hanwell, West London, began building amps in the early 1960s.

And he soon became a pivotal figure in the rock 'n' roll boom.

"The news of Jim Marshall passing is deeply saddening. R and R will never be the same w/out him. But his amps will live on FOREVER!" the Sun quoted Former Guns 'N' Roses guitarist Slash as saying online.

A statement on the Marshall Amps website said the "guv'nor" was a legend responsible for the "sound of rock", along with guitar makers Leo Fender and Les Paul.

"We are happy in the knowledge he is now in a much better place, which has just got a whole lot louder," the statement added.

The Brit wizard, who quietly donated millions of pounds to worthy causes, was awarded The Queen's Award for exports in 1984.

His company celebrated a half-century in business this year.


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