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Rest in Peace, Jeff Healey

March 3, 2008

This one hits home hard.  Jeff Healey, the gifted blind guitarist who played seated with his axe in his lap, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer.  He leaves behind a wife, a daughter and a son.
When Stevie Ray Vaughan died, Healey seemed to be the heir apparent to his throne as the contemporary blues-rock guitar hero.  Somehow or another his appeal didn’t catch fire in a broad sense, and a long break from the recording industry seemed to keep him out of the limelight permanently.

All of which is a shame.  Healey died at the age of 41 (only two years older than yours truly), and his biggest hit – his cover of John Hiatt’s Angel Eyes – is “our song.”  

Here’s a great version of “See the Light” featuring Dr. John on piano.

Rest in the Lord’s arms, Jeff.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. The ArachNerd permalink
    March 3, 2008 2:57 pm

    It’s just too bad that he will always be best remembered for his role in Roadhouse – that god-awful Patrick Swayze movie, because he really was an amazingly talented guitarist.

  2. Layman Erik permalink
    March 3, 2008 5:03 pm

    I was in Finland at concert double billed with Dr. John and Jeff Healey. I was only about 5 rows back and never caught on that he was blind. Everyone laughed at me later for not knowing that. He did an inspired version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

    RIP Jeff.

  3. March 4, 2008 11:16 am

    So young. I feel so sorry for his wife and children. Glad that he left behind a classy ballad like Angel Eyes – that one will always be relevant, as long as people are falling in love. Great tribute. Jen

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