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Big Jim Sullivan (1941–2012)

Big Jim Sullivan was born on February 14, 1941 in Uxbridge, Hillingdon, Middlesex, England as James George Tomkins. He was an actor, known for A Life in the Death of Joe Meek, Shang-a-Lang (1975) and Thank Your Lucky Stars (1961). He was married to Norma. He died on October 2, 2012 in Surrey, England. See full bio »


(age 71) in Surrey, England, UK

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Shang-a-Lang Himself - Resident guitarist
Thank Your Lucky Stars
This Is Tom Jones
This Is Tom Jones Himself / Resident musician: Guitarist


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 1976 Space: 1999 (TV Series)
- The Troubled Spirit (1976) ... Musician (uncredited)
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 1970 This Is Tom Jones (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.9 (1970) ... (performer: "Fancy Pickin'" - uncredited)
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 2010 The Steve Katsos Show (TV Series)
- Hard Rock (2010) ... Himself (as James Sullivan)
 1975 Shang-a-Lang (TV Series)
Himself - Resident guitarist
- Episode #1.13 (1975) ... Himself - Resident guitarist
- Episode #1.12 (1975) ... Himself - Resident guitarist
- Episode #1.11 (1975) ... Himself - Resident guitarist
- Episode #1.10 (1975) ... Himself - Resident guitarist
- Episode #1.9 (1975) ... Himself - Resident guitarist
 1971 Tom Jones: In Concert (TV Movie)
 1971 Tom Jones and the Stuff Dreams Are Made Of (TV Movie)
 1971 Tom Jones and Such Special Friends (TV Movie)
 1969-1971 This Is Tom Jones (TV Series documentary)
Himself / Resident musician: Guitarist
- Episode #3.16 (1971)
- Episode #3.15 (1971)
- Episode #3.14 (1971) ... Himself
- Episode #3.12 (1970) ... Himself
- Episode #3.13 (1970) ... Himself
 1961 Thank Your Lucky Stars (TV Series)
- Episode #2.4 (1961) ... Himself
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 2014 Play It Loud: The Story of Marshall (TV Movie documentary)
Himself - Session Guitarist 1958-2012
 2013 The 55th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Special)
Himself - In Memoriam

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James Sullivan

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He played a role in several key developments in rock music, including pioneering the use of the wah-wah, fuzzbox and the talkbox. His seminal use of the guitar wah-wah effect was first showcased in the 1964 UK top ten hit "The Crying Game" as sung by Dave Berry, the recording of which was later used on the soundtrack of the film The Crying Game (1992). See more »

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