Monday, March 03, 2008

Jeff Healey Dies of Cancer at 41

Canadian blues, jazz, and rock musician Jeff Healey died on Sunday (March 2) in a Toronto hospital at 41. He finally succumbed to retinal cancer, which claimed his sight at age 1. The Grammy-nominated guitar virtuoso, famous for playing his instrument flat on his lap, reached the height of his success in 1988 with his album See the Light, which spawned the hit single ''Angel Eyes.'' Healey shared the stage with guitar legends like Stevie Ray Vaughn, B.B. King, and Eric Clapton. Though he started out playing blues-rock, his last three studio efforts leaned toward jazz, which was said to be Healey's true love. He died a month before the April 22 release of his first rock album in eight years, Mess of Blues. He is survived by his wife, Christie, and two children. (AP via Google)




5 comments:

ArmaZan said...

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really good thing buddy..
Till now question about why some people attacked by cancer while another one who other is not. Only have been known, cancer can because of many factor, and expand during through years.

Collin said...

I have to admit when I heard he had died my first reaction was, "who?" Then I went and looked up "Angel Eyes" and 1988 all came flooding back to me.

Brent Goodman said...

He was another teenage guitar influence who blew me away. You can see him bending notes by clawing the strings toward him - the effect is wrenching.

Nick said...

He will be missed!

Pris said...

I didn't know his name, but do remember Angel Eyes. Two excellent videos. His fingering is amazingly intricate. Thanks for finding and sharing these.