Last week saw the passing of Jim Marshall, the father of rock and metal amplification. Without the Marshall amp, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and a host of other musicians would not have got the classic sound that became a trademark of their music. Marshall’s great contribution to the world of music was twofold:
The Marshall stack produced a warm fuzzy sound, beloved by rock musicians, unlike its peers such as Fender, which were considered more suitable for jazz.
Marshall stacks were quite simply loud, giving Jim Marshall the nickname “The Father of Loud”. The spoof metal band ‘Spinal Tap’ coined the phrase “The numbers go up to 11” and more recently “20” based on the amplifier’s reputation:
As a tribute to the man behind the technology, I’ve put together a short series of videos that give testament to Jim Marshall’s contribution to music over the last 50 years. No doubt Bernie Tormé will be cranking his Marshall stack up at our “Leadership meets Rock showcase” event in June.