Born in London in 1923, Marshall started out as a drummer before going into business and founding Marshall Amplification in 1962.If you're listening to rock and roll, odds are that you're listening to music conceived or recorded involving Marshall amps.
He began making guitar amplifiers in Britain as a cheaper alternative to U.S. imports, and soon after legendary musicians including Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton were using his equipment.
He is revered as one of the four forefathers of rock music equipment along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover.
Music would sound a whole lot different without Marshall amps. Some of the biggest acts and guitar musicians in the world use them, including AC/DC's Angus and Malcolm Young, Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Slash (of Guns n' Roses), Keith Richards, Richie Samborra, and many others.