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Thursday, 4 October 2012

R.I.P. Lord Sitar

Big Jim Sullivan (born James George Tomkins)

14th February 1941 – 2nd October 2012

one of the best and most underrated session guitarists there ever was. not only was he a great idol to and influence on people like ritchie blackmore and many more, he played on more than a thousand (!) charting hit singles through the years.
hats off to big jim!

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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

My personal guitar hero: Happy birthday to Ritchie Blackmore

today again is a special date (lots of those this year…) as it is the 65th birthday of the one and only, the real man in black, and my favourite rock guitarist of all time: ritchie blackmore.
his most famous group of course was deep purple, of whom he was a founding member and also some sort of leading figure. after that (neglecting dp reunions) there was rainbow, a hell of a rock group also, putting his enormous skills right in the center of attention and giving him the (solo) fame that he deserved long before. but just like other guitar giants like jeff beck or jimmy page blackmore began working as a session musician as a teenager in the early sixties, and this he did quite well to say the least, and it is incredible on how many recordings of the time he can be heard – and often those are songs you would NEVER expect to be related to deep purple, sometimes of the kind that even i would despise (although i usually have a liking for pop-trash). those early session works were brought together and released on a two-disc set titled ‘getaway’ after an …

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