23 September 1939, Ozark, Alabama, USA, d. 14 August 1988. The son of a preacher, Buchanan discovered gospel music through the influence of travelling revivalists. This interest engendered his love of R&B and, having served an apprenticeship playing guitar in scores of minor groups, he secured fame on joining Dale Hawkins in 1958. Although Buchanan is often erroneously credited with the break on the singers much-lauded Suzie-Q, contributions on My Babe and Grandmas House confirmed his remarkable talent. Buchanan also recorded with Freddie Cannon, Bob Luman and the Hawks, and completed several low-key singles in his own right before retiring in 1962. However, he re-emerged in the following decade with Roy Buchanan, an accomplished, versatile set that included a slow, hypnotic rendition of the C&W standard Sweet Dreams. Loading Zone was an accomplished album and contained two of his finest (and...
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