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Jeff Healey, 1966 – 2008

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Rock and roll lost one of it’s greatest and most underappreciated guitarists yesterday as Jeff Healey passed at the age of 41 from a rare cancer that he had battled his entire life. The cancer, retino blastoma, took Healey’s eyes when he was one year old. Consequently, when he became interested in music as a child, he taught himself to play conventional guitars laid across his lap in an unorthodox style. This did not prevent him from developing a unique and compelling sound that made his long-time eponymous band stand out like no other.

 I first heard of Healey in 1989 when his band released See The Light. The album became a hit thanks to the ballad “Angel Eyes” but was filled top-to-bottom with choice covers and blistering originals, such as the title track. Healey helped to provide a great music alternative for us teenagers who had no use for hair-metal or bubble gum pop.

Healey never conquered the charts again like he did in ’89, but he continued to be prolific and released several blues and jazz fusion albums over the years. In many ways he was one of a kind.

Rest in peace, Mr. Healey.

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5 Responses

  1. David B says:

    I saw him open for ZZTop in 1991. Better than the headliners.

  2. Tim says:

    And his epic cameo in Roadhouse.

  3. odgie says:

    Dave – I thought the same thing when I saw The Black Crowes open for ZZ Top back in the early ’90s. Never got to see Healey live though.

    Tim – Oh no you didn’t.

  4. Kelly says:

    A really rare talent. Like Danny Gatton, an amazing artist that preferred to stay near home and be with his family than receive fame and fortune being on the road his entire life. I never got to see him either Mike, sure would like to have. He made even made Roadhouse watch-able, an amazing feat in and of itself! He will be missed.

  5. Trey Morgan says:

    I am a HUGE Jeff Healey fan. Angel eyes is one of my favorite on my iPod. Hate to hear it!

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