Roy Buchanan was born in Ozark (Franklin County), and is a favorite among guitar players. Early on, he played in the bands of Ronnie Hawkins and Dale Hawkins (the cousins would often steal one another's bandmates), but mostly with Dale, with whom he recorded. Here's Arkansan Levon Helm's acount of Buchanan's tenure as a Hawk with Ronnie: "For a short time, Fred [Carter Jr., who, yes, had played in Dale's band] was replaced by Roy Buchanan, a brilliant and moody player who definitely had his own mystique. He had a beatnik look, complete with goatee, which both Ronnie and I adopted for a while. Roy had strange eyes, didn't talk to anyone, and looked real fierce. Ronnie always reminded us to smile, move and dance when we played. We had to look like we were having a better time than anybody. ... Not Roy. He didn't believe in putting on a show. He just stod there and played the shit out of that guitar. ... We loved how good Roy was, but he was too weird for the Hawk. One night Roy tried to convince us that he was a werewolf and destined to marry a nun. Not long after that, Robbie [Robertson] took over the lead guitar." Later, however, in 1961, the Hawk arranged a 'showdown' between the two guitarists. Here, Helm continues the narrative: "Robbie had actually learned a lot from Roy, whose technical accomplishments as a blues guitarist were without peer back then. Once I asked him where he learned to play so good and he said in all seriousness he was half wolf." In the 1970s, Buchanan was the subject of a PBS documentary called "The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World," and was among those considered to join the Rolling Stones when Mick Taylor left -- he claimed he turned them down. Although Buchanan released several albums on major labels, with star support like Stanley Clarke, he never found much commercial success. Buchanan continued to tour and record, and he opened up for Helm and the reformed Band in 1987 (with, ironically, Fred Carter Jr. playing guitar in The Band). In 1988, Buchanan hung himself in jail following a domestic disturbance. He was the father of seven.