Sound Image's Jim Douglas Dies at 61

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ESCONDIDO, CA--Jim Douglas -- August 17, 1947 to September 22, 2008.
Jim was a gentleman. Father, husband and friend. His large stature and quiet style were two items you could never miss about his presence. He filled you with a sense of confidence. The kind of confidence you can only feel from someone who truly knows their business, is determined to get the best results every time, and can still be a gentleman while doing it. This is no doubt what caused him to be a monitor engineer and confidant to some of the great music makers of the 1970s, including Ted Nugent, Paul McCartney, Foreigner and Aerosmith.

Jim was a gentleman. Father, husband and friend. His large stature and quiet style were two items you could never miss about his presence. He filled you with a sense of confidence. The kind of confidence you can only feel from someone who truly knows their business, is determined to get the best results every time, and can still be a gentleman while doing it. This is no doubt what caused him to be a monitor engineer and confidant to some of the great music makers of the 1970s, including Ted Nugent, Paul McCartney, Foreigner and Aerosmith.

Jimmy’s career began in the 1960s working with Jack Bruce as assistant, soundman, tour manager and the myriad other details that went into those early days of touring.

Jim’s work on the road with Electrosound in the 1970s as a top monitor engineer and crew chief took him around the world on the some of the largest music tours of the day. He was never full of himself, and always had time to mentor and help people on his crew who sought to better themselves. Let it be known that Jim was not a pushover. He demanded the best of himself, and therefore, those around him on his crews. If you did not meet his high expectations, he certainly was not ashamed to let you know it — and typically you were a better person for it.

Jim found his way off the road during the 1980s joining the management team at Electrosound as a key individual in charge of operations. His time on the road immediately brought him respect from all on the team, and allowed Jim to organize the company operations to a new level. He had the uncanny knack of being able to track untold amounts of equipment, cable, microphones, consoles and cases with no more than a few pads of paper and a pencil. No computer necessary. Just the innate talent achieved from all those many years of doing shows.

 Jim was the strong rudder that steered Electrosound (Electrotec) through the 1980s and into the 1990s when PRG acquired the company in 1999. During 2000, Jim met with Dave Shadoan and was hired to assume the position as Director of Tour Sound at Sound Image. It did not take long for Jim to establish himself as an integral part of the Sound Image management team. He was instrumental in bringing many of his industry friends into the Sound Image family, including David Gautrey, George Barnes, Son Nishimura, Martin Ruiz as well as many established sound engineers and their clients.


Jim's final wishes as expressed to his wife were that his ashes be scattered in his native Scotland. A memorial fund is being established for that purpose.


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