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Jeff Healey dead at 41

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Hi All,

Not sure if you heard but Jeff Healey died today of a long battle of cancer. He was a great guitar player and knew how to play the blues... sad week for rock and roll. losing Jeff Healey and Buddy Miles within 7 days apart. if there's a rock 'n roll heaven, it should sound great!!!!

Steve

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I believe I might have seen him at a Blues fest. Sorry to hear of his passing so young.

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Musician Jeff Healey dies of cancer-Jack Spearman, Canwest News Service-Published: Sunday, March 02, 2008

Blind guitar wizard Jeff Healey of Toronto died Sunday of cancer. He was 41.

Norman Jeffrey Healey was one of Canada's premier blues and jazz musicians who is perhaps best known for his 1988 album See The Light, which included the hit single Angel Eyes. He was also nominated for a Grammy for the song Hideaway and in 1990, was awarded a Juno in the Entertainer of the Year category.

Other Healey hits have included How Long Can a Man Be Strong and a cover of The Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Musician and broadcaster Jeff Healey talking about his life with retinoblastoma at his Toronto home December 20 2005. The cancer caused his blindness from infancy.

Peter Redman for National Post

Healey lost his vision as a baby to a rare form of retinal cancer and he battled the disease throughout this life. His website said Sunday that he died with his wife, Cristie, at his bedside in Toronto's St. Joseph's Hospital.

As a toddler, Healey picked up a guitar and, setting it on his knees, developed a distinct sound and playing style.

By the time he was a teenager, Healey had formed a four-piece band called the Blue Direction and was playing in clubs throughout the Toronto area. His best known work came when he formed the Jeff Healey Band several years later with bassist Joe Rockman and drummer Tom Stephen.

The Jeff Healey Band was a sellout act across Canada and sold over a million albums in the U.S. market.

During the course of his musical career, he shared the stage with such music titans as Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Harrison and B.B. King.

But Healey's passion was not always in rock music and later in his career branched into jazz, especially from the golden years of the genre in the 1920s and '30s. He released several jazz CDs and had a collection of some 25,000 78 rpm jazz records.

Until recently, he had a show on a Toronto jazz station CJRT-FM.

At the time of his death, Healey was about to unveil his first rock/blues CD_in eight years. Mess of Blues is scheduled to be released in Europe in March and in Canada on April 22.

Healey had a long fight with cancer. In 2007, he underwent surgery to remove cancerous growths from his lungs. He had earlier had two sarcomas removed from his legs.

Healey is survived by his wife and two children, 13-year-old Rachel and three-year-old Derek. Other survivors include his father Bud and stepmother Rose, and two sisters, Laura and Linda.

As of Sunday night, funeral and memorial arrangements had not been announced.

RIP

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I just heard this on the radio two seconds ago. I can't believe it. I thought he had tackled it. It truly saddens me, he was one of my favourite guitar players. Damn. This day sucks.

RIP Jeff.

Edited by songbird

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Until recently, he had a show on a Toronto jazz station CJRT-FM.

Healey had a long fight with cancer. In 2007, he underwent surgery to remove cancerous growths from his lungs.

I listen to his program all the time. I remember when he had that surgery... and he came back afterwards and still did the program........ man this is such a shock... I had no idea he got sick again after that...........

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Sad news indeed.

Unique playing style, unique person.

Loved his version of Roadhouse Blues.

Does anyone know if he has covered any Zeppelin?

RIP mate.

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Thanks for the Bio... :)

You're welcome; I saw Jeff Healey with Sass Jordan on July 30, 2003 at Downsview Park in Toronto. They opened the show in the morning for the Rolling Stones, who appeared later in the evening.

SARS Benefit Concert - July 30, 2003 - Downsview Park, Toronto

Best Guitar Solo Of The Day: Jeff Healey with Sass Jordan. Despite now being known as a Toronto club owner and trumpet playing jazz musician, Healey RIPS through the one song he plays with Jordan. Tone, taste, emotion - he hasn't forgotten how. - Don Mackrill Wed 04 Jan 2006

blog.mackamps.com/blog/_archives/2006/1/4/1601907

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Jonathan Cohen, N.Y. - billboard.com

Canadian guitarist Jeff Healey died today (March 2) in Toronto after battling cancer. He was 41.

Blind since infancy due to a rare form of cancer, Healey was attracting local attention for his talent on guitar, which he played laying across his lap while seated, by the time he was a teenager.

His Arista debut with his Jeff Healey Band, 1988's "See the Light," was a quick hit, spawning the No. 5 Billboard Hot 100 smash "Angel Eyes." A memorable role in the 1989 Patrick Swayze film "Road House" followed, as did rock hits such as "Full Circle," "I Think I Love You Too Much," "How Long Can a Man Be Strong" and "Heart of an Angel."

In recent years, Healey transitioned to albums featuring early jazz music from the 1920s-1940s. But he had completed work on his first rock album in eight years, "Mess of Blues," which is due March 20 in Europe and April 22 in the United States.

Healey also served as a radio DJ on shows for CBC Radio and Toronto's Jazz-FM. The artist is survived by his wife Cristie and two children. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

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Sad news indeed.

Unique playing style, unique person.

Loved his version of Roadhouse Blues.

Does anyone know if he has covered any Zeppelin?

RIP mate.

Actually he did 1 Zeppelin track on his album "Cover To Cover" He did Communication Breakdown.

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Damn. Didn't realize he was that young.

Saw him once at the Minnesota State Fair in 1990. A buddy and I were working security at the fair that year (that was one well guarded parking lot I tell you) and snuck in to the concert at the grandstand. He put on an amazing show; brought the house down with Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Crossfire" in tribute to the guitarist who had just passed the day before.

r.i.p.

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OH NO!!!!!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT....he was younger than I am-----there is no justice on this lump 'o dust we're on!! :( :( :(........RIP to a GREAT human being and artist.

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My brother and i saw -the jeff healey band on the -hell to pay tour, at a local college. It was a room basically, with a drop ceiling. Well, they blew that room up, was a great show.

I was always disappointed that he never took off after that album, thought that was a great record and a clear talent.

I had no idea he was dealing with cancer, very sad.

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Hello:

This is a very, very sad day for Jeff Healey fans...

My condolences to his fans and family

I saw him in London Canada in '93 at an outdoor gig in Victoria Park

RIP JEFF

Juliet

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a sad time for sure.

I've heard nothing but good about him.

Saw him live once.

great show.

also a great horn player.

great all around guy and musician.

very sad indeed.

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Hello:

This is a very, very sad day for Jeff Healey fans...

My condolences to his fans and family

I saw him in London Canada in '93 at an outdoor gig in Victoria Park

RIP JEFF

Juliet

Saw Jeff at the same show in 93 Juliet! :D ..Also at the Western Fair Grounds in 91..Damn shame it is. Had the chance to jam with him at Club 279 in Toronto a couple of years ago. I'll miss him!

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Bonzovon...

Thanks so much for sharing your memories about Jeff..

His publicist was interviewed on CBC this a.m....Richard Flohil is his name, I believe...He was also interviwed last eve by phone..on CTV NEWSNET by Scott Laurie..A brave and reserved Mr. Flohil shared his memories of Jeff. I'm sure it's a very difficult time for him..I almost started crying this a.m. during his interview with Heather Hiscox on CBC...

Juliet

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