Big Jim Sullivan


Big Jim Sullivan (born James George Thompkins, 14th February 1941, in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England; died 2nd October 2012) was an English popular music musician, whose career started in 1959. During his time he was the most prolific session guitarist in the UK, playing on 55 number one UK hit singles. Sullivan was born at Uxbridge Hospital, and he later went to Woodfield Secondary School, in Cranford, London. By 1959, at the the 2I's coffee club, Sullivan met Marty Wilde, and was invited to become a member of his backing group, the Wildcats. Jack Good introduced Sullivan to session work when he met him on the set of the television series Oh, Boy! Sullivan went on to become one of the most sought after guitarists throughout the 1960s and the 1970s due to his flexibility in playing different styles of music. This meant he averaged three recording sessions a day, which allowed him to appear on many hit records. He played on at least one thousand UK chart entries. In 1969 Sullivan joined In 1969 Sullivan joined Tom Jones, with whom he spent the next five years touring, and it was during his time in Las Vegas that Sullivan met and formed a friendship with Elvis. Sullivan left Tom Jones in late 1974, and teamed up with Derek Lawrence, a record producer whose credits include Deep Purple and Wishbone Ash, to form a record label named Retreat Records. They produced various artists on this label over a period of about two years. Among these artists were Labi Siffre, Chas & Dave and...

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