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The Jeff Healey Band

What made Jeff Healey different from other blues-rockers was also what kept some listeners from accepting him as anything other than a novelty -- the fact that the blind guitarist played his Fender Stratocaster on his lap, not standing up. With the guitar in his lap, Healey could make unique bends and hammer-ons, making his licks different and more elastic than most of the competition. Unfortunately, his material leaned toward standard AOR blues-rock, which rarely let him cut loose, but when he did, his instrumental prowess could be shocking.

Healey lost his sight at the age of one, after developing eye cancer. He began playing guitar when he was three years old and began performing with his band Blues Direction at the age of 17. Healey formed the Jeff Healey Band in 1985, featuring bassist Joe Rockman and drummer Tom Stephen. This trio released one single on its own Forte record label, which led to a contract with Arista Records. The Jeff Healey Band released their debut album, See the Light, in 1988 and the guitarist immediately developed a devoted following in blues-rock circles. Featuring the hit single "Angel Eyes," the record went platinum in the U.S. While the Jeff Healey Band's subsequent records were popular, none were as successful as the debut.

As the 21st century dawned, Healey began to change his direction. He taught himself to play the trumpet and began to lean toward the kind of traditional 1920s and '30s jazz that had always fascinated him. He released two classic jazz albums, 2002's Among Friends and 2004's Adventures in Jazzland, on his own HealeyOphonic label, and a third traditional jazz outing with It's Tight Like That, which appeared on Stony Plain in 2006. And while he continued to do shows in his earlier blues-rock style, he increasingly gigged with his jazz combo, the Jazz Wizards. In 2008, a month before the release of his last studio-recorded blues album, Mess of Blues, Healey died from cancer. Songs from the Road, a collection of live blues-rock performances from 2006 and 2007, was released by the Ruf imprint in 2009, nearly 18 months after Healey's death. His final studio jazz album, Last Call, was issued by Stony Plain in April 2010. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Al Campbell, Rovi
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Definitely one of the Greats! Rock On!!
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leprechaun29 6 9
When I think of Jeff Healey, I think of the movie Roadhouse.
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RoW!
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13zooba13
This cut is new for me ---and it's $^E^^)(%%##@ $ # @ @ AWESOME
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Did not know he played trumpet. Haven't seen him since Roadhouse
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SAW HIM IN THE 80'S WHAT A SHOW. I KNOW HE IS TEARING IT UP STILL. RIP
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Saw him with the allman brothers rip Jeff God bless
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jeff healey so sad to hear you passed i hope your ripping it up in heaven
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RIP Jeff Healy
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pgmccabe2
Jeff Healey was a great artist and passionate about the guitar and his music. It certainly showed. The music world and his fans have certainly missed him since his death. Never forget seeing him on Johnny Carson for the first time (he was approx. 20). He was outstanding.

Unfortunatel y , like Stevie Ray Vaughn, he was taken from us far too early.
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Check out his performance in Roadhouse.
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jeff Rocks
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desertgirl_2 0 0 2
I saw Jeff in Eugene Oregon and was deaf for a week. Best show ever!
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I saw Jeff with aerosmith back in the day. He was fantastic one of the best players I have ever seen. And I saw Stevie ray live !
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Rock on Jeff, rip
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I think I love u to much ....
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aoooow
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shippy29
love wonderful tonite
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One of the Few Artists we can say we were Blessed when his parents gave him his 1st guitar and for the bleeding fingers as he found those powerful chords ...
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This is one awesome band I've been listening to him for awhile and gets better every time
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wooh
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Damn!!!! First time I 've listen to him......ano t h e r lot talent.
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oh, yeah
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Saw Jeff open for Little Feat in 88, he had a guy that had to run around with him on stage to keep him from flying off into the crowd.
When he was done, Little Feat insisted he come out and OPEN their show, the lead singer said How the hell do we follow that?
You don't, my friend, you do what you did, and let him keep playing.
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Badass
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Love his sound , Jeff u r in our heart u are truly missed !!!
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Jeff you were one bad dude........ . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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the blues heal the soul
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I got to see Jeff Healey band with poison in1989 my big bro took me to that concert I also saw Marshall Tucker band that's really was AWESOME RIP JEFF so glad my brother took me looking forward to seeing anyone that saw that concert make a comment back
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RIP bro!!! Great memories of his music!!
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Roadhouse
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I saw him live & he did a guitar solo where he played the greats guitar solos and left them in the dust including Eddy VanHalen , Hendrix & so on!
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Album oriented Rock
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what the heck is AOR?
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dbsuppes
Saw him live in concert in 1989 and have been a fan ever since. RIP Jeff. You are a true legend.
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Jeff Healey, such a loss. RIP. My brother was lucky enough to see him live. Fantastic show. He left us way too soon.
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We will NEVER 4GET U, Brother Jeff!!! Play on in Heaven, with all the great musicians that have gone b4 & after you..... :'(:-D =-O
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soooo good
Shivers down my spine
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Live on Jeff, always.
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cindy.mccror y 4
great tunes ;)
sad to see the good ones go :(
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You'll never be forgotten... . j a m on Jeff
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Great, sounds a little like Clapton. To bad he is not here to play with Clapton.
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An amazing talent, hope he still plays on in the place beyond time!
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Great band, heard it while listening to electric blues here on pandora. Many great songs in that grouping.
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I'm so sad to find out this great musician has passed on. I'm also disappointed that I never got a chance to see any of his live shows. My loss for sure. R.I.P. friend! Peace.
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I was lucky enought to see him play live and he was most impressive! So sad he is no longer with us- I don't think he got the credit he deserved. He lives on in his music and of course Roadhouse!
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digitaldioge n e s
Back in 1990 when I had a mullet I was a dead ringer for Jeff. That was right after Roadhouse. I think it was more the guitar in lap playing style that put people off. Not the blindness. But I can also understand why he played sitting down. It's easy for a sighted person to trip over wires or fall off a stage in the dark. But it's a shame he did not get more exposure. He was every bit as good or better than Stevie Ray Vaughn or either one of the Winter boys.
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Outstanding musician. Thanks Pandora. Acts like Healey are to good to be lost to the dreck that is commercial radio
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RIP MY MAN AND BY THE WAY YOU MAKE THIS BABY SCREAM I BET YOU'RE JAMMIN YOUR A** OFF. MAKE IT CRY BROTHER....P E A C E
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I can see him playing in my mind and watching how he would lay on his strings and pulsate with the beat was AWESOME!!! What a great talent. very MUCH missed. RIP
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