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  Roy Buchanan - LOADING ZONE (1977) - Pete's Tavern - NEw York

(From Wikipedia) Roy Buchanan (September 23, 1939 - August 14, 1988) was an American guitarist and blues musician. A pioneer of the Telecaster sound, his work is said to stretch the limits of the electric guitar. Buchanan worked as both a sideman and solo artist and had with two gold albums early in his career.

Buchanan has influenced many guitarists, including Gary Moore and Jeff Beck; Beck dedicated his version of "Cause We've Ended As Lovers" from Blow by Blow to him.

Cover photo by Frank Moscati.

The album cover was taken inside Pete's Tavern in New York City near Union Square at the northeast corner of Irving Place and 18th Street. (129 East 18th Street)

As the sign says, Pete's is the oldest continuing operating tavern in New York City and was opened in 1864 - during the Civil War.

Accordiong to Wikipedia, with its authentic, turn-of-the-century look, Pete's Tavern has appeared in numerous films and television programs, including Seinfeld, Ragtime, Endless Love, Law & Order, Nurse Jackie, Spin City and Sex and the City. It has also been used as a location for television commercials and print advertisements.

Here's the scene of the main room on a typical Thursday night.

This was right where they placed the table with they photographed Roy and his trusty Telecaster.

Over Pete's head you san see the sign for "Pete's" in the window.

Here's that sign from a table out front.

To think that that Pete's started the same year as Lincoln appointed Ulysses S. Grant to be commander in chief of all Union armies, gives you a feeling of how old it is. TIme flies, but a good bar lives forever.