Deceased : Jeff Healey

Yesterday, Canadian singer and guitarist Jeff Healey died of cancer, at the age of 41.
I remember him from his show with The Jeff Healey Band at Rock Torhout, a Belgian festival, in 1990. They had just released their second album, Hell to pay, which included a fantastic cover of the Beatles' While my guitar gently weeps, and another great song, I think I love you too much. Jeff Healey also starred with his band in the movie Road House, which featured Patrick Swayze (which you're most likely to remember from Dirty dancing). In those days, blues was hot for a while, and Jeff was among various other to taste some success (like Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, John Lee Hooker with The healer and Gary Moore).
What made him stand out (not that his music wasn't great...), was his extraordinary way of playing the guitar, which rested on his lap with its back on his knees and he sort of picked the strings.
He had just completed work on his latest album, Mess of blues, which is due for release on March 20th in Europe and April 22nd in the US.

You can buy his music here

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