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Jeff Healey

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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badass
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God bless ur dear heart, Jeff-----I miss u
SOOOOOOOOO MUCH........ . . . . . : ' ( : - ) :'(:-) :'(
wooh
suzbluez
umm dont 4get roadhouse
nice!!!
txdecadence
I was lucky enough to work several of these guys shows and it was pure Heaven every night! Hi Joe!
mlawrence838
My wife and I saw Jeff downtown Windsor back in the 90's dude Sho could brang it
Amazing! !!
they say the good ones leave first
Jeffs guitar is balm for the soul
damien_thorn e 2 8
Thanks brother, miss you much
tknopf93
R.I.P. Jeff and thanks for the licks.
Like his music.
Miss you Jeff. Missed the announcement when you left this world. Saw him and the band open for ZZ Top in '91. Blew me away. Then to hear him play jazz trumpet as well! Can anyone get so brilliant? Bless you for being here as long as you were.
Just have to throw this out every now and then....uh he was f**king blind and played on his lap!
Total soul
I saw Jeff on Navy Pier in Chicago Il back in '97 ish, yea rock out, amazing axe man.
WHAT A GREAT SOUL JEFF HAD!! SUCH A BADASS ITS UNBELIEVABLE ! ! MISS HIM SO MUCH BUT HIS MUSIC LIVES ON FOREVER!!
rarellano105
I saw the Jeff Healey band back in the 80's in Baltimore, great show!!
This guy rocked...... . . . . . . . too bad he isn't still with us. An amazing talent.
I really love this guy I only wish he was still around and plowing the lid off of every joint he would have played in u were 1 of a kind he played from his soul he was great brovo well done
Healey could really play his guitar he could certainly play with the best it doesn't matter how u play he was great I will miss him he didn't let his loss of sight get down and he made a name for himself bravo Jeff Healey
A novelty, indeed. Healy could play with the best of them. It doesn't matter how you swing that ax as long as it sounds good. Play on, Jeff.
He was great, so is little feat.
I saw him open for Little Feat. What a great night.
dbrown0840
Gotta have me some Jeff Healey...... d a m n !
Definitely elastic and different; props for learning trumpet later on
amarino1802
Saw Jeff in Chicago many years ago. This brought back a lot of memories of a great guitarist
There must be one hell of a blues session going on up in heaven now!!!
4287cur
Only the good die young. Fantastic playin' God Bless
Doesn't get any better than this........ . . . R e s t in Peace, Jeff
Fo sho R.I.P. Brother and all the guitarst in the house keep the blues alive
Rip MR. Jeff, one very special person,
GREAT BLUES MAN ONE OF THE BEST
WITHOUT A DOUBT. WE'LL MISS YOU
BUT NEVER FORGET YOU.
HARLEY HARVEY.
pmjoyce27
Jesus done called another blues singer back home.
SO BEAUTIFUL BRINGS TEARS
kvons1
Sad loss of a true if not somewhat obscure great. RIP: J H
All my vag sisters, mom, and aunts are mean! J Peter
You are a graciously fabulous f**k human with a Guitar I might not kill twice today l like Jesus or Mary who pooped out 14 children the Pope has yet to call a decent cockroach... . r e a l l y , it has nothing to do with you not seeing the Sun where Satan lives. No translation necessary you guitar master. Johnny Peter Mountain 12-12-12 No hours necessary on a Sunday Father Day, or burning books. As Peter and Gods best friend, I will keep my typing job and such, The End Farmers Daughters, City Strict
All my sisters are mean!
Fun like an Eagle on a Bunny
Isnt if fun as the 2nd to the lastPeter talking aboug killing Jesus, been there done that
Bob Mosher, an engineer married to my oldest sister, says the Guitar is stupid and strange and gay.
LOL. I might just Jesus for that Christmas comment. J Peter
Too sexy to listen.
I've listened to Jeff Healey since he began in the 80's. I love his blues!
vtvideo1
a true genius with a heart of blues
I saw him in Memphis opening for Little Feet. He flat smokem'.
Jeff Healey, one of this generations Greatest musicians, I sir, Salute you. Thank you for your music. RIP
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