Jeff Healey: 3/25/66 – 3/2/08

Sad news out of Canada today. Jeff Healey, one of the most distinctive guitarists I have ever heard, passed away in a Toronto hospital on Sunday. He was 42. Having lost his eyesight to retinal cancer at the age of one, Healey battled various forms of the disease throughout his life.

Healey developed a unique style of playing his guitar, laying it across his lap. Although , in recent years he had devoted himself to exploring early American jazz. If you’ve never seen the man in action, check out this clip of the Jeff Healey Band doing Roadhouse Blues.

Jeff Healey Band – “Roadhouse Blues” (cover) Germany 1989 [YouTube]

Jeff Healey, Yahoo Obituary

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    The music community here in Toronto is pretty shaken up over this loss. Jeff has a Music Club called Healy’s where he often played himself. This establishment offered a place for many to Jam. Local bands and artists from all over.Blues, Jazz and Rock… it was all there. I took a friend one Monday night because he wanted to see a band… and Healy’s had a reputation for putting good bands on stage. It was someone out of Chicago and what an evening of Blue’s. On a Monday at that. His first new album in 8 years is due out Next month I believe. RIP – Jeff

  • http://concertaholics.com Concert Reviews

    The music community here in Toronto is pretty shaken up over this loss. Jeff has a Music Club called Healy’s where he often played himself. This establishment offered a place for many to Jam. Local bands and artists from all over.Blues, Jazz and Rock… it was all there. I took a friend one Monday night because he wanted to see a band… and Healy’s had a reputation for putting good bands on stage. It was someone out of Chicago and what an evening of Blue’s. On a Monday at that. His first new album in 8 years is due out Next month I believe. RIP – Jeff

  • http://www.uvtv.info rich

    what a great gutiar player – underappreciated for sure – he’ll be missed.

  • http://www.uvtv.info rich

    what a great gutiar player – underappreciated for sure – he’ll be missed.