Roy Buchanan (September 23, 1939 - August 14, 1988) was an American guitar virtuoso and blues musician, and was considered a master of the electric guitar. He is noted for his use of note-bending, staccato runs, and pinch harmonics. Buchanan was a pioneer of the Telecaster sound. < Unsourced image removed: right|thumb| -->
Roy Buchanan's musical career began in Pixley, California. His father was in the main a sharecropper (not a Pentecostal preacher as Buchanan himself had claimed). Buchanan told how his first musical memories were of racially-mixed revival meetings his family would attend. "Gospel," he recalled, "that's how I first got into black music". He in fact drew upon many disparate influences while learning to play his instrument (although he later claimed his aptitude was derived from being "half-wolf"). He initially showed talent on the steel guitar before switching to the standard instrument in the early 50's.