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R.I.P. session guitarist Big Jim Sullivan

Big Jim Sullivan

Prolific session guitarist Big Jim Sullivan, who played on hits by stars including Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Dusty Springfield, has died.

Sullivan, 71, was reputed to have played on more than 1,000 hits including 55 number one singles…

His widow Norma said he died peacefully at home in West Sussex on Tuesday.

Sullivan was one of the most sought-after session musicians of the 1960s and 70s…

Born James Tomkins, he started playing the guitar aged 14 and turned professional within two years…

He is also credited with playing a part in a number of key developments in rock, including pioneering the use of the fuzzbox and the talkbox. -[BBC]

Big Jim Sullivan’s extensive list of credits include Shirley Bassey‘s “Goldfinger,” Bowie‘s “Space Oddity,” plus work for Walker Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Ella Fitgerald, Zombies, Marianne Faithful, Kinks, Petula Clark, Herman’s Hermits, Olivia Newton-John and so many others. Big Jim Sullivan, you will be missed, but thank you for your lasting contribution to music… it will live on forever.

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