Kitty Dunn

What does Kitty have to say?


 


R.I.P. Jim Marshall: the Godfather of Loud

Saying "Rest In Peace" for somebody known for LOUD seems almost an oxymoron.

Jim Marshall, the creator of the famous Marshall amplifier, died today in England at the age of 88. Some people say he's very much responsible for the guitar sound of the 1960's.

As the story goes, Marshall ran a drum shop in London that guitarists frequented by Pete Townshend,  Ritchie Blackmore and other guitar players. They wanted to know why he didn't carry more guitars and amps..so he added some, including some American made Fender amps. Marshall got the idea to try and create some amps that could be made more cheaply than the Fenders. WIth the help of some engineers, the Marshall Amp was born.

Aside from Townshend and John Entwistle of the Who and RItchie Blackmore of Deep Purple, others who used mainly Marshalls included Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Duane Allman and Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band..and down on the line to Randy Rhoads and Slash.

While many guitar players look to Marshall for a certain sound, others just like the image they bring. Often you'll see a wall of Marshall amps on stage..when only one is actually plugged in (or the guitar's plugged into something else entirely).

My boyfriend Mike is a guitar player, and I know when he decides to plug in his Marshall, it's time for me to go run an errand or two because they really are LOUD, even when set on the lowest settings.

I called Mike to tell him about Jim Marshall's passing, and to ask him for his thoughts. He tried to explain the technicalities of the Marshall sound, but quite frankly it was mostly over my head. But he did mention that both Dickey Betts and Duane Allman played through Marshalls (Dickey a 100 watt Marshall and Duane a 50 watt version).

Here's a video featuring the two amazing guitar players from the incredible Live at Fillmore East album. You can see the Marshall amps in the background.



Tags :  
Topics : Entertainment_Culture
Social :
Locations : London
People : Billy GibbonsDickey BettsDuane AllmanEric ClaptonJim MarshallJimmy PageJohn EntwistleMikeP. Jim MarshallPete TownshendRandy RhoadsRitchie BlackmoreSlash


Share This: | More


 
04/05/2012 10:08AM
R.I.P. Jim Marshall: the Godfather of Loud
Please Enter Your Comments Below
04/05/2012 6:12PM
"whippin' post"
opening lines of "whippin post" right at the end!
Title :
Comment :
Listen Live (WMMM)
Playlist (WMMM)
2 Minute Promise
Submit
World's Worst iPod: Patrick Hernandez "Born to be Alive"
A lot of disco lovers must have been tuning in, because Wednesday's World's Worst iPod song seemed to get more yes votes than just about any other song we've ever featured. The song made it up to #16 in the United States,and was the only...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Eric Carmen "Make Me Lose Control"
For some reason, both Jonathan and Kitty had a special place in their hearts for this 1988 hit by Eric Carmen. "Make Me Lose Control" was a follow-up to "Hungry Eyes," which was on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. It never appeared on...
Read More
Five Things You Didn't Know About Elvis
Had he lived, Elvis Presley would have turned 80 years old today.  He's a rock and roll icon, but there are some facts about him that may have slipped by you over the years. 1. When he met with members of Led Zeppelin in 1973, he traded...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: M. McCoo and Billy Davis Jr " You Don't Have to be a Star...
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. were already big stars in 1976 when they released the song "You Don't Have To Be A Star To Be In My Show). The husband and wife team were former members of the hit group The 5th Dimension. This song was on...
Read More
Kellie the Digital Director's Top Albums from 2014
10. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold I have to admit something. After reading all my fellow coworkers lists, I saw First Aid Kit appearing multiple times, and I had no idea who they were. I've only listened to this album once while writing my list,...
Read More
Nick the Web Guy's Top 10 Albums of 2014
10) Little Feat – Live in Holland 1976 Can you ever get enough Little Feat? Newly released set from the band in its prime. 9) Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music A psychedelic walk down a country road. 8)...
Read More
Gabby's Top 10 Albums of the Year
1. Saint Paul and the Broken Bones - "Half the City" I declared this to be my favorite album of the year when I first heard it back in January. It still is. 2. Paolo Nutini - "Caustic Love" I waited 5 years for a new...
Read More
Lindsay's Top Albums of 2014
1. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold Folk vintage - yet modern. The sister duo, which I thought may edge into the slightly obnoxious, was captivating. Their high pitched harmonies that ring throughout every song, sell every second. There were some seriously...
Read More
 
Recent Blog Posts
World's Worst iPod: Patrick Hernandez "Born to be Alive"
A lot of disco lovers must have been tuning in, because Wednesday's World's Worst iPod song seemed to get more yes votes than just about any other song we've ever featured. The song made it up to #16 in the United States,and was the only...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Eric Carmen "Make Me Lose Control"
For some reason, both Jonathan and Kitty had a special place in their hearts for this 1988 hit by Eric Carmen. "Make Me Lose Control" was a follow-up to "Hungry Eyes," which was on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. It never appeared on...
Read More
Five Things You Didn't Know About Elvis
Had he lived, Elvis Presley would have turned 80 years old today.  He's a rock and roll icon, but there are some facts about him that may have slipped by you over the years. 1. When he met with members of Led Zeppelin in 1973, he traded...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: M. McCoo and Billy Davis Jr " You Don't Have to be a Star...
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. were already big stars in 1976 when they released the song "You Don't Have To Be A Star To Be In My Show). The husband and wife team were former members of the hit group The 5th Dimension. This song was on...
Read More
Kellie the Digital Director's Top Albums from 2014
10. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold I have to admit something. After reading all my fellow coworkers lists, I saw First Aid Kit appearing multiple times, and I had no idea who they were. I've only listened to this album once while writing my list,...
Read More
Nick the Web Guy's Top 10 Albums of 2014
10) Little Feat – Live in Holland 1976 Can you ever get enough Little Feat? Newly released set from the band in its prime. 9) Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music A psychedelic walk down a country road. 8)...
Read More
Gabby's Top 10 Albums of the Year
1. Saint Paul and the Broken Bones - "Half the City" I declared this to be my favorite album of the year when I first heard it back in January. It still is. 2. Paolo Nutini - "Caustic Love" I waited 5 years for a new...
Read More
Lindsay's Top Albums of 2014
1. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold Folk vintage - yet modern. The sister duo, which I thought may edge into the slightly obnoxious, was captivating. Their high pitched harmonies that ring throughout every song, sell every second. There were some seriously...
Read More
Categories
Archives