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Jeff Healey

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Jeff Healey (born Norman Jeffrey Healey on March 25, 1966 in Toronto, Canada – died March 2, 2008) was a blind Canadian blues-rock guitarist. Healey was perhaps most notable for his innovative playing style, with his guitar lying flat on his lap. Despite losing his sight to cancer of the eyes at one years old, he began to play guitar when he was just three, and developed his own unique playing style and technique.

Shortly after completing high school, Jeff began to gain attention around the Toronto pub and club scene with a three piece band that showcased his incredible talents. The Jeff Healey Band had a monthly weekend gig at Baker Street, on Queen Street East. Jeff soon garnered local attention and people traveled to come and see him play with his band. Record executives came to check out his performances before he eventually signed with BMG Canada and Artista in the USA. His guitar workmanship became legendary with his unique playing style, and he was recruited for a spot in the 1989 motion picture Road House, which starred Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliott as bouncers at a roadside bar. Jeff and his band were regular ‘performers’ at the seedy club and are featured on its official soundtrack.

Jeff was more than just a gifted guitarist, he was a devoted passionate musician who played trumpet in his own Jazz band, Jeff Healey And The Jazz Wizards, hosted a regular radio music show on CBC, and collected vinyl recordings including vintage 78’s, and was reported to have one of Canada’s largest private music libraries.

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  • morsgreenmile

    Jeff Healey - один из лучших гитаристов в мире! Очень жаль, что так рано ушел...

    5 Oct 8:54am Reply
  • ffffcrazy

    One of the best

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • NynMyOwnWorld

    Amazing guitarist !

    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • clarky212

    genius

    19 Sep 2011 Reply
  • DecompositionFk

    Love his music

    11 Apr 2010 Reply
  • dogfish360

    RIP

    20 Jan 2010 Reply
  • MoonNovRain

    Maybe you lose your sight but your talent always shine. R.I.P, from VietNam ! Love you all !

    22 Nov 2009 Reply
  • treemon

    I got a chance to jam w/ The Jeff Healy band up in Calgary Alberta at some Club. I sang 'Watchtower' ala Jimi Hendrix and vocal and blues harp on a Big Joe Williams song 'Highway 49'. I was talking to the bass player and drummer after the set when Jeff walked up and Asked, "Who was that Guy?"

    16 Sep 2009 Reply
  • FUWWWAIIII

    My brother has a fender strat Healey played on.. RIP :(

    19 Feb 2009 Reply
  • panther75

    Rest In Peace a BIG loss to the music and the world. your music shall play on though. u still the best

    14 Oct 2008 Reply
  • panther75

    Rest In Peace abigloss to the music and th world your music shall play on though u still h best

    14 Oct 2008 Reply
  • froovvak

    curtsey Jeff...

    21 May 2008 Reply
  • RedXXX

    RIP Jeff...Your music lives on..

    1 May 2008 Reply
  • Amogh

    RIP Jeff... listening to While My Guitar Gently Weeps right now...

    22 Mar 2008 Reply
  • Siliensein

    RIP...

    9 Mar 2008 Reply
  • glassbottle

    rip

    8 Mar 2008 Reply
  • henry_hudson

    RIP

    6 Mar 2008 Reply
  • Lorena_k

    R I P

    6 Mar 2008 Reply
  • abbey23

    Saw him in Edmonton w/ my parents years back. It was such a fun show, musically perfect. Jeff, you will be missed, peace to you.

    6 Mar 2008 Reply
  • misterpete4u

    ~ R I P Jeff ~ Your awesome music stays here with us...

    6 Mar 2008 Reply
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