Personalities | Roy Buchanan | Seventies | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, 1939–88)

Roy Buchanan’s use of harmonics and his melodic sense were incomparable. Raised on gospel and R&B, he performed with Johnny Otis, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson and Ronnie Hawkins’ Hawks as a young man. A 1971 PBS documentary, The Best Unknown Guitarist In The World, together with adulation from the likes of John Lennon and Eric Clapton, kick-started Buchanan’s rise. He retired in frustration for several years but returned in 1985. Sadly, Buchanan committed suicide while jailed for public drunkenness.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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