LONDON (AP) — Acclaimed session guitarist Big Jim Sullivan who played on dozens of hits in the 1960s and 1970s has died. He was 71.

Wife Norma Sullivan said Thursday that Sullivan had died at their home in West Sussex, England, on Tuesday. He suffered from heart disease and diabetes.

Sullivan learned guitar as a teenager and turned professional when he was just 16. He played with many of the biggest names in British pop at the height of the "Swinging London" era.

Along with Jimmy Page, who would later star in Led Zeppelin, Sullivan was one of the most in-demand session guitarists of his era. His website lists sessions with the Tom Jones, Marianne Faithfull, David Bowie, Gerry and the Pacemakers and many others.