British session legend Big Jim Sullivan, born James Tomkins, has died at 71. Classic Rock is running a nice summary of his career. Among other things, Sullivan:

… helped future Deep Purple icon Ritchie Blackmore learn to play guitar and also started Yes and Asia guitarist Steve Howe on his road to success (and) recorded tracks for 55 number one hits …

Read more and check out a couple videos at CR.

Right here.