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Artist: Healey, Jeff



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Born: Norman Jeffrey Healey on March 25, 1966 in Etobicoke, Ontario; Died: March 2, 2008

Blues guitarist and singer Jeff Healey was born with a rare form of cancer called Retinoblastoma in both eyes and was blind by the age of 1. He received his first guitar at age 3 and learned to play it lap style because his hand wasn't large enough to grip the guitar's neck.

By the age of 14 he was attending Etobicoke Collegiate in Ontario and playing in bars at night with jazz, blues and country bands. Healey met drummer Tom Stephen and bassist Joe Rockman in Toronto at a Bloor Street club called Branko's for a jam session in December 1985. Stephen was an urban planning student and Rockman a studio musician. They soon decided to form The Jeff Healey Band.

Tom Stephen, acting as their business manager, managed to get the band signed to BMG Records in Canada and Arista in the US. While the ink was drying on their contract, a stray demo that had been sent to producer Jimmy Iovine - who just happened to be assembling music for the new Patrick Swayze movie 'Roadhouse' - lands The Jeff Healey Band a role as the Double Deuce house band in the movie.

After filming rapped up, they would release their debut album, 'See The Light', in 1988 and featured the songs "Adrianna" and "See The Light" which were tunes that Healey had recorded and released on an independent single on his own the year before.

The new single "Angel Eyes", meanwhile, went to #5 on the Billboard charts as a result of ceaseless touring with the likes of Little Feat and others. They would receive an American Grammy nomination not to mention 5 CASBY nominations from Toronto radio station CFNY-FM. With the release of the title track to radio, the album would eventually sell 2 million copies worldwide.

1990 saw the release of the band's full-length follow-up called 'Hell To Pay' which featured three hit singles and guest appearances by Sass Jordan, Jeff Lynne, Mark Knopfler and George Harrison (on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"). The band added Washington Savage (Infidels) as keyboards and toured with Bonnie Raitt to support the album which went on to sel 1.5 million copies worldwide. They won the 1990 Juno for 'Entertainer Of The Year".

In 1992 'Feel This' was released featuring the production experience of Joe Hardy (Colin James, ZZ Top) and guest appearances by Paul Shaffer (David Letterman Band) and up-and-coming vocalist Amanda Marshall. The album featured several but barely scratched the 100,000 unit plateau. With their future in jeopardy from underachieving sales, they took a break to focus on their Forte Records label and management company for such artists as The Phantoms, Amanda Marshall and Lilith.

It would take until 1995 before another album was released called 'Cover To Cover' which was the band's re-reading of their favourite cover tunes. The record landed them another Grammy nomination for "Shapes Of Things" as 'Instrumental Of The Year'. They performed the song "Blown Away" in David Hasselhoff's short lived 'Baywatch Nights'.

Jeff Healey consistently did charity work including representing The Canadian National Institute For The Blind and ran its annual Golf Tournament every year starting in 1993. He also has his own jazz radio show on the CBC called 'My Kinda Jazz' where he would spin material from CDs and his personal 78 RPM record collection.

1997 Healey himself wrote the soundtrack to the movie 'No Way Home'. Following a protracted absence, Healey returned in March 2000 with "Get Me Some".

Healey also became a co-owner of Healey's Roadhouse which had a successful run in the entertainment district of Toronto for nearly a decade until his untimely death from the return of his childhood cancer on March 2, 2008.

On June 5, 2011 an Etobicoke-area park was renamed to Jeff Healey Park in honour of the late musician.


Singles
as JEFF HEALEY
1982 Adrianna/See The Light (Forte) F-001

with THE JEFF HEALEY BAND
1988 See The Light (Arista)
1988 Confidence Man/That's What They Say (Arista) AS1-9790
1988 My Little Girl (Arista)
1988 Now She Knows She's Wrong (Arista - Holland)
1989 Angel Eyes (Edited-New Version)/Don't Let Your Chance Go By (Arista) AS1-9808
1989 Hoochie Coochie Man/[Patrick Swayze song] (Arista) AS1-9841
1989 Roadhouse Blues/Hideaway (Arista) AS-1050
1989 River of No Return (Arista - France) 112-294
1989 When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky (Arista - UK) 112-853
1990 I Think I Love You Too Much/Something To Hold On To (Arista) ASCD-1132
1990 While My Guitar Gently Weeps/Life Beyond The Sky (Arista) ASCD-1362
1990 Full Circle/How Long Can A Man Be Strong (Arista) ASCD-2116
1992 Cruel Little Number/My Kinda Lover (Arista) 118-117
1992 Heart Of An Angel (Arista) ASCD-2516
1993 Lost In Your Eyes (Arista) ASCD-2521
1993 It Could All Get Blown Away (Arista)
1993 Leave The Light On (Arista)
1994 You're Coming Home (Arista)
1995 I Got A Line On You (Arista)
1995 Angel (Arista)
1995 Stuck In The Middle With You (Arista) ASCD-2796
2000 My Life Story/Rachel's Song EAGXS-146
2000 I Tried (Eagle - Germany) EAGXS-151


Albums
as JEFF HEALEY
2002 Among Friends (Stony Plain) SPCD-1312
2003 Live at Healey's: The Thursday Night Recordings
2003 The Very Best of Jeff Healey (BMG - UK) 82876533382
2004 Adventures in Jazzland (Stony Plain) SPCD-1313
2006 A Mess Of Blues (Stony Plain) SPCD-1333
2009 Songs From The Road (Ruf) RUF-1150
2010 Last Call (Stony Plain) SPCD-1335

with THE JEFF HEALEY BAND
1988 See The Light (Arista) AL-8553
1990 Hell To Pay (Arista) ARCD-8632
1992 Feel This (Arista) AR1-18706
1995 Cover To Cover (Arista) ARCD-3888
1995 Under Cover [4 song CD-EP] (Arista) ASCD-2826
1995 Under Cover Volume 2 [3 song CD-EP) (Arista) ASCD-2827
1998 The Very Best of The Jeff Healey Band (BMG - UK) 603382
1999 Arista Heritage: Master Hits (Arista) 19099
2000 Get Me Some (Forte/Universal)
2004 Platinum & Gold Collection (BMG)
2005 Live at Montreaux 1999 (Eagle - Germany) EAGCD-295
2008 Super Hits (SBME Special Markets) 0730798
2008 Legacy: Volume One [2CD + DVD] (Arbor) ARRL-30129
2009 Legacy: Volume One - Live (Unreleased) (Arbor)
2011 Live at Grossman's 1994 (Eagle Rock) 20208

with TERRA HAZELTON featuring JEFF HEALEY & THE JAZZ WIZARDS
2004 Anybody’s Baby

with JEFF HEALEY & THE JAZZ WIZARDS WITH SPECIAL GUEST CHRIS BARKER
2006 It's Tight Like That (Stony Plain) SPCD-1314

Video
1989 See The Light: Live From London [full-length] (6 West Home)
1992 The Jeff Healey Band [full-length] (Pioneer)

Compilation Tracks
with JIMMY ROGERS ALL STARS BLUES BAND
1999 "Blow Wind Blow" on 'Blues Blues Blues' (Atlantic) 83148-2


with THE JEFF HEALEY BAND
1989 "Roadhouse Blues", "I'm Torn Down", "When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky", and "Hoochie Coochie Man" on 'Roadhouse [Original Soundtrack]' (Arista) 209948
1994 "Harvest" on 'Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young' (Sony) 80199



Official Jeff Healey Website

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