Guitar god, Roy Buchanan
birth name: Leroy Buchanan

Roy Buchanan

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

Buchanan's techniques stunned, puzzled and intimidated other players. ~ reprint via Roy Buchanan ~ August 1999 © Vintage Guitar

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September 23, 1961 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) the Jive Five, My True Story ~ #2 (1) The Highwaymen, Michael ~ #1 (2) Bobby Vee, Take Good Care Of My Baby


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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