Guitar god, Roy Buchanan
birth name: Leroy Buchanan

Roy Buchanan

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

Buchanan has influenced many guitarists, including Gary Moore, Danny Gatton, and Jeff Beck; Beck dedicated his version of ‘Cause We've Ended As Lovers’ from Blow by Blow to him. His work is said to “stretch the limits of the electric guitar,” and he is praised for “his subtlety of tone and the breadth of his knowledge, from the blackest of blues to moaning R&B and clean, concise, bone-deep rock 'n' roll.” ~ Wikipedia: Roy Buchanan ~ retrieved August 10, 2013 © Wikipedia

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August 14, 1993 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) SWV, Weak ~ #2 (2) Tag Team, Whoomp! (There It Is) ~ #1 (1) UB40, Can't Help Falling In Love


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 ~ Voted #30 Gibson Top 50 Guitarist of All Time in 2010 ~ Buchanan's interest in steel guitar led him to develop a singular vocabulary of sleight-of-hand volume effects, radical string-bending, artificial harmonics and other tics that he wove into one of the most soulful and dynamic guitar tones ever developed. ~ 2010 © Gibson

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

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