Big Jim Sullivan
1964 And All That
|Seven tracks from my collection||
Best Songs |
(definitely BJS playing lead guitar)
Dave Berry released "My Baby Left Me" in January 1964.
Jimmy Page played brilliant lead.
BJS supported Jimmy and he is stunned at the young lad's musicianship.
BJS, until then, had a near monopoly on UK rock records but Jimmy Page had obviously set a new standard.
The record did not do well.
It only reached 37 in the UK charts.
BJS raised the standard with Dave Berry's "The Crying Game".
It entered the UK chart on 6 August 1964.
The sound was made using a "DeArmond 610 Volume & Tone" pedal borrowed from Vic Flick.
This time Jimmy Page strummed in the background in awe.
It reached number 5 in the UK charts.
BJS produced one of the classics with PJ Proby's first record - "Hold Me".
It was the first time that a fuzz box had been used in the UK.
BJS's guitar is a Gibson 345 and he borrowed a Gibson Fuzz Box from Eric Ford.
With support from Jimmy Page it reached number 3 in the UK charts on 28 May 1964.
Track 4 is PJ Proby's follow up "Together" entered the UK chart on 3 September 1964.
BJS's guitar, to me, is the missing link between a Joe Meek style guitar break and the later heavier styles.
Vic Flick and Bobby Graham were also on these records.
Finally it is worthwhile noting that BJS contributed to at least 6 number one UK hit singles in 1964.
The last 3 tracks are excellent examples of BJS work in 1964 :-
Freddie And The Dreamer "I Love You Baby"
Gerry & The Pacemakers - "Ferry Cross The Mersey"
Brian Poole "Extracts From Hits"
n.b. BJS overdubbed the Brian Poole hits.
I don't own the copyright to the MP3s. I will remove any of them if the copyright owner objects.
Some other tracks in this year :-
Simon Scott - "Move It Baby"
Billy Fury - "Nothin' Shakin'" (Is it BJS or Jimmy Page ?)
Shirley & Johnny - "It Must Be Love"
Lancastrians - "We'll Sing In The Sunshine" (Is it BJS or Jimmy Page ?)