Wednesday, March 05, 2008

I read yesterday that Guitarist Jeff Healey had died. He was just 41

Jeff died this past Sunday evening in a Toronto hospital, surrounded by his family and his fellow bandmate Colin Bray

Jeff Healey was an amazing man and a great musician and performer. He had struggled in a lifelong battle against cancer. Literally since age 1 when a rare form of cancer cost him his sight. Because of his blindness as a child Jeff taught himself to play guitar, laying the instrument across his lap. This led to a unique style. This earned him a reputation as a teenage musical prodigy.

He was loved by his peers and more than once shared the stage with George Harrison, B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Jeff Healey was a serious collector of music, a hobby I share. His personal collection was over 30,000 titles. The past few years he'd been interested in Jazz, but recently he and band had finished work on a new cd which was a return to his old style of rock and blues. It's scheduled for release on April 22nd.

He is survived by his wife, Christie, and two children.

So today my stereo is blasting a Jeff Healey day

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