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Roy Buchanan (Roy Buchanan) - All about the musician: a biography of the greatest bluesman

“Probably the reason I never made it is because I never really cared!”

Full biography of musician Roy Buchanan (Roy Buchanan)

Roy Buchanan is an American guitarist and bluesman who at one time refused to become part of the now legendary The Rolling Stones ... Roy Buchanan was the idol of such famous guitarists as Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa ... Suffered from addiction, died the death of a bluesman - in fact , much, much more can be said about this person than it might seem at first glance.

Roy Buchanan
Roy Buchanan

Childhood and family

Roy Buchanan was born in Ozark, Arkansas in 1939. The boy's childhood took place in Pixley, California, in an agricultural area near Bakersfield. Roy's father was a Pentecostal preacher, a Protestant Christian movement that emphasizes the direct personal experience of God through the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

"Guitarist for Guitarists"
"Guitarist for Guitarists"

Buchanan recounted how his first musical memories were of revival meetings he attended with his mother, Minnie. "Gospel," he recalled, "that's how I first became interested in black music." In fact, when he was learning to play the guitar, he experienced many different influences (although Roy later claimed that his ability stemmed from being a "half-wolf"). He initially showed a talent for playing steel guitar before switching to a classical instrument in the early 50s. Roy began his professional career as a musician at the age of 15 in Johnny Otis' R&B revue.

Music…

During his lifetime, Buchanan told a very funny story of how he took possession of his famous Telecaster "Nancy"!

Roy Buchanan: “While part-time as a hairdresser, I saw someone walk past a shop window with a battered old Telecaster under his arm. I knew it was my guitar, you know?"

 

“I ran out into the street right in the middle of a haircut and said, ‘Where did you get that guitar? I want her! I'll buy you the most beautiful guitar you've ever seen in exchange for this one right now!"

 

“I left work very early that day. I went to my connected friend and said, "I want a purple Telecaster!" He was with me by the evening ... And we exchanged guitars with that guy. That's all. As if he himself knew that this was my guitar ... "

Like his beloved Telecaster guitar, Buchanan didn't sound like a classical musician! He was a master at weaving rockabilly, country, jazz and pop into his blues-rock... Guys like him needed special skills to play any style of music, make ends meet and keep paying the bills...

If you've watched Martin Scorsese's The Departed (2006), you'll certainly feel the genius of Roy Buchanan...

Moments after Massachusetts State Police Sergeant shot Colin Sullivan the mole, the camera pans to capture a rat running up and down the railing of the last hero's apartment balcony... As the rodent reaches the center of the frame, an instrumental version of "Sweet Dreams" blazes blues...

Released in 1972, "Sweet Dreams" was the pinnacle of the career of the man now known as "The Guitarist for Guitarists"...

History with The Rolling Stones…

The oft-repeated story that Buchanan turned down an offer to replace Brian Jones with the Stones in 1969 (the seat eventually went to Mick Taylor) has never been substantiated.

When Keith Richards talked about Buchanan in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, his comments were by no means the most affectionate:

“Eric Clapton, Ronnie Wood and I once peed in his beer! It was the only time we ever expressed that attitude to anyone… As I remember it, it was a recording session in the Atlantic in the 1970s… I said, “Hey Eric, now we're going to 'taste better' this bastard's beer! He's too pushy…" Eric will deny it, of course, but don't worry about it: I have Ronnie Wood to back me up!"

Perhaps Buchanan's claim that he had said "no" to Mick and Keith himself angered the band's guitarist...Especially if there was never really an invitation! Who knows…

Death

The death of Roy Buchanan is still the subject of fierce controversy. Officially convicted of suicide, he was found hanging in his cell at Fairfax Prison, Virginia, on August 14, 1988, after a family quarrel and being drunk in a public place. Some argue that the bruises around his head prove he was assaulted after his arrest. Most likely, we will never know the truth ... It was a tragic end for a brilliant guitarist ...

The tragic end of a brilliant guitarist...
The tragic end of a brilliant guitarist...

Glorified by the likes of Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa, Buchanan never achieved real fame or fortune in his lifetime... He is infamous these days for turning down an offer to join the Rolling Stones and for his mysterious death in a Virginia jail cell. in 1988 ... And yet - Buchanan's legacy as a guitarist far exceeds that of many of the rock stars who held him in such high esteem. The man who turned guitar sound into art has successfully achieved what every guitarist dreams of: a unique sound that no one else can claim. This is what sweet dreams are made of.

“Probably the reason I never made it is because I never really cared! All I wanted was to learn how to play the guitar for myself. You set your own goals for success. And when you succeed, it does not necessarily mean that you will become a big star, earn a lot of money or anything else ... You will feel it in your heart, whether you have succeeded or not ... It will be your personal success ... "

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