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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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RIP bro!!! Great memories of his music!!
Roadhouse
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!
Album oriented Rock
what the heck is AOR?
dbsuppes
Saw him live in concert in 1989 and have been a fan ever since. RIP Jeff. You are a true legend.
Jeff Healey, such a loss. RIP. My brother was lucky enough to see him live. Fantastic show. He left us way too soon.
We will NEVER 4GET U, Brother Jeff!!! Play on in Heaven, with all the great musicians that have gone b4 & after you..... :'(:-D =-O
soooo good
Shivers down my spine
Live on Jeff, always.
cindy.mccror y 4
great tunes ;)
sad to see the good ones go :(
You'll never be forgotten... . j a m on Jeff
Great, sounds a little like Clapton. To bad he is not here to play with Clapton.
An amazing talent, hope he still plays on in the place beyond time!
Great band, heard it while listening to electric blues here on pandora. Many great songs in that grouping.
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.
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!
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.
Outstanding musician. Thanks Pandora. Acts like Healey are to good to be lost to the dreck that is commercial radio
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
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
krudd3
We lost a great one, so talented, so soulful..... hope he's up in Rock and Roll Heaven, I hear they have a hell of a band :) I watch Roadhouse every time it comes on to watch him perform.
Wow...I'm speechless.. .
He was a great talent... rip Jeff.......
l saw him @ piere's in fort wayne Indiana. musta been right after hell to pay came out. he really got into his playing, & stood up @ one point, & got real close to the edge of the stage. l thought ... holy s**t! l hope he doesn't take one more step forward, he definitely would have toppled off!
I love your music you was and still the bomb rip.
homeloft
I could never understand anyone allowing his blindness to interfere with their ability to hear; his blindness and their deafness. Jeff Healey was a superb guitarist (and singer) and I'm sorry to see him go.
Epitomizes soul and kinetic energy
frannie1024
Yes, I had the pleasure of seeing him live in Lafayette, Louisiana at Grant Street Dance Hall...old warehouse next to railroad tracks. No air conditioning , ceiling fans...back doors opened to railroad tracks. Hot, sweaty humid. But Jeff played and played and played...Dur i n g one pause he said Welcome to Lafayette, Louisiana where it is so fu-king hot The crowd roared. What a fine fine musician...
georgegrimal d o
Damn good,,
Got to see him live in Houston in 90 or 91, concert was great.
A unique style that only he could do. Masterful bluesman in every sense of the word . Will be missed. A credit to all who play and will play the six or twelve strings.
how can you not like this mans music?!
Jeff, Your music and love is always with us , RIP, true legends never dies, thanks for leaving us such a great tunes
Thanks !! My hat is off for ya' all
Love his music!!! Wish he were still here ...
rlachbrbr214
What a way to start my day! Massage my ears!!
rlachbrbr214
Love Jeff Healey- seen him live, shook his hand. Such an inspiration. Beautiful soul music
Beautiful music. Yeah in roadhouse, wow man!
Can I like this about 55 times?
youtube the video to this song. When he stands up during the solo at the end its some of the best most inspiring stuff i ever seen
If You don't like all of what Jeff Healey played,then whats wrong with you?He had a gift from GOD! He played better than guitarists that can see. Dear JESUS rest his Soul.signing off The Jet.
So sad, I loved his music and didn't realize he had been sick and passed...:(
His vocals and his playing had amazing power and feeling!
RIP Young Master, You could play better with your feet than many of us with our hopeful hands. Long may u run ! !
Thank you Pandora for allowing me to listen to some amazing artists and to find a whole bunch of new ones as well. I always have the perfect radio station!
I am sure that the big business approach of Clear Channel and Emmis will really delve into the deep cuts of awesome artists like Jeff Healey and other rarely heard greats that we get to hear on Pandora. I am not so sure we would see R & R jamming to some good hard core blues. (or anything else for that matter.)
Pandora- ROCK ON!
Greaty missed also he was in the movie Road House
www.emory.ol i v e r
Jeff Healey was amazing. I love every song he did. Stevie Ray Vaughn was amazing as well. The problem with radio stations is they're told what they can play. I don't think none of us would get to hear deep cuts from albums if it wasn' for Pandora. Radio execs are afraid to play some songs, afraid they will offend someone and get sued. Our government has not only screwed up America but radio stations as well. Maybe there will be GREAT CHANGES IN NOVEMBER 2012.
www.emory.ol i v e r
Jeff Healey was amazing. I love every song he did. Stevie Ray Vaughn was amazing as well. The problem with radio stations is they're told what they can play. I don't think none of us would get to hear deep cuts from albums if it wasn' for Pandora. Radio execs are afraid to play some songs, afraid they will offend someone and get sued. Our government has not only screwed up America but radio stations as well. Maybe there will be GREAT CHANGES IN NOVEMBER 2012.
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