The Guv'nor straps up for the big session upstairsThe Guv'nor has left the studio. THE Guv'nor. Big Jim Sullivan. The dude who made the twang that rocked the world. Inventor of British rock and roll. Taught guitar to Richie Blackmore and Pete Townshend, persuaded Jim Marshall to make amplifiers ... any more credentials needed. Plenty on offer. Played on over 1,000 chart entries, over 50 number one singles from Frankie Vaughn to Alvin Stardust. John Barry's James Bond Theme, Dave Berry's The Crying Game, Michael Cox's Sweet Little Sixteen (a fab Joe Meek production that has you waiting for the searing solo every time), PJ Proby's Hold Me (the first UK record to use a fuzz box), Georgie Fame's Yeh Yeh the list goes on and on. (His website TRYS to list them all: http://www.bigjimsullivan.com/Pamra.html ). For years Big Jim was one of a handful of session guitarists who dominated the British pop music industry alongside Jimmy Page, Richie Blackmore, and Vick Flick. Big Jim's own work consisted of some unusual sitar-based records before he finally formed his own band Tiger in the 1970s. They had their moments but he was a session man at heart and when Page was blowing away the States with Zep, Big Jim was getting paid in Vegas dodging women's panties behind Tom Jones.
TOM JONES - BREAK MY MIND
A cool interview from Rock of Ages
Blackmore pays tribute: http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/blackmore-remembers-big-jim/