Monday, March 3, 2008

Jeff Healey RIP

I was shocked to learn this morning that legendary blues and jazz guitarist Jeff Healey has died aged just 41. The gifted Canadian had battled cancer his entire life, and lung and leg cancer got him in the end. Healey had lost his eyesight to a rare form of the disease, Retinoblastoma, at the age of one. He started playing guitar aged three, and slung the guitar unconventionally across his lap. His first band recorded when he was 17. The musician had performed with such acclaimed guitar players over the years as B. B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins, Mark Knopler and George Harrison. He had one of the biggest collections of 78rpm records in the world, and he got into the DJ's chair many years ago with a syndicated radio show like Dylan's one. He also appeared as the leader of the house band behind some chicken wire in the dumb fun kick-ass Patrick Swayze movie 'Roadhouse'. Even Beavis and Buttlead liked him. He was just about to release a new album 'Mess of Blues' and was due to appear on Jools Holland next month. R.I.P.

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