Guitar god, Roy Buchanan
birth name: Leroy Buchanan

Roy Buchanan

September 23, 1939, Ozark, AR ~ August 14, 1988, Fairfax, VA

One of the finest, yet criminally overlooked guitarists of the blues-rock genre. ~ Allmusic: Roy Buchanan ~ retrieved August 12, 2013 © Allmusic

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August 14, 1965 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Save Your Heart For Me ~ #2 (2) the Rolling Stones, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction ~ #1 (5) Sonny & Cher, I Got You Babe


Roy Buchanan was one of America's most soulful masters of the electric guitar. Even posthumously, he commands the ardent respect of his fellow guitarists and a devoted army of fans. The Buchanan sound is totally unique: heartbreaking, searing solos, trademark shimmering tone, and a mixture of snarls, wails and squeals that mark him as a wizard of the instrument. He was a pioneer in the use of controlled harmonics, and although this technique has been used by rock's greatest guitarists, especially Jeff Beck, Robbie Robertson and Z.Z. Top's Billy Gibbons, all acknowledge Buchanan as the master. ~ Hotshotdigital: Roy Buchanan ~ retrieved August 12, 2013 © Hotshotdigital

Roy Buchanan ~ Ranked Fricke's Picks: #57 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitarists in 2003 ~ In 1971, a documentary about Roy Buchanan aired on public TV; it was called ‘The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World.’ The title remains apt today. ~ 2003 © Rolling Stone

Roy Buchanan ~ Roy Buchanan (1972) ~ #162 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012

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