Mensagem do Ritchie Blackmore sobre o falecimento de seu professor de Guitarra, Big Jim Sullivan -
"I first met Jim Sullivan in 1958. He was introduced to me by my sister
in laws brother. We both lived in the same area: in Middlesex, Cranford.
He was playing with Marty Wilde and the Wildcats. He showed me another
level of playing. He was probably the most advanced guitarist in the
London area. I would listen to the radio every week there was a Marty
Wilde show. Jim was often featured on the show so I was glued to the
radio. He also made some great instrumentals. One being Trambone and one
being Peak Hour. He was the 1st guitarist to play through a wah wah
pedal. It was a Deamond foot volume and tone control. I remember an
instrumental called the bat, where he used the pedal. That would've been
around 1959. Last time I saw Jim was in LA where he was playing with
Tom Jones. He was one of England's finest players, a mentor and a good
friend for me. His playing will always be in my heart and live on. God
bless you Jim." -Ritchie
Big Jim Sullivan faleceu aos 71 anos, era considerado um dos introdutores do estilo de tocar guitarra do Rock britânico. E o Ritchie Blackmore foi um de seus alunos.