[Slowhand] FW: Jeff Healey

Jeff Elliott jnt.elliott at comcast.net
Thu Mar 20 20:15:50 EDT 2008

I remember Jeff Healy in a movie with Patrick Swayze called Roadhouse. He
was playing behind a chain link fence on the stage and had to dodge beer
while he was playing. Not a great moment for his career I’m sure but no
where near what Clapton relegated himself to in that hideous movie “Tommy”.


From: Fabio Dwyer [mailto:downtownstreets at hotmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2008 4:32 PM
To: Slowhand Digest - Enviar MSGs
Subject: [Slowhand] Jeff Healey

I would like to pay my tribute to Mr. Jeff Healey (41), great canadian
guitarrist/ singer/ composer who passed away last sunday, after a hard
battle against cancer - the same one who took away his sight at childhood
and returned later in his life. He often cited his main influences as a
musician: Eric Clapton and Louis Armstrong. His most famous work for many
was his interpretation of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, with George himself
on acoustic guitar and background vocals. On his Cover to Cover album he
recorded a wonderful version of Badge too. Jeff and Eric were part of the
Jimmy Rodgers All Stars project and recorded the cd Blues, blues, blues,
there's a nice picture in the booklet of Jimmy (Rodgers, not Page!), Jeff
(Healey, not Beck!) and Eric (Clapton, not Strada!) laughing. Healey was a
very gifted singer with a soulful albeit powerful voice and his guitar work
was recgnized by everyone from Mark Knopfler to Stevie Ray Vaughan as being
one of the most distinctive players from late 80's and 90's. He played
seated with his guitar on his lap, und using his left-hand thumb on top of
the fretboard, he literelly had one extra finger more than the other
players. In the last decade he ran a night club in Toronto (Healey's) and
divided his time between blues tours and his work playing traditional jazz
(playing trumpet, his second instrument) and his last blues record (after 8
years) is due to be released this month. He also hosted a blues & jazz radio
program in Canada, where he digged into his 30.000 78rpm record collection.

I caught him live here in Brazil in 97' or 98', wonderful gig.

The world of blues and the guitar community will miss you Jeff!

Fabio Dwyer


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