It’s a shame that the untimely death of “Jeff Healey”:http://www.jeffhealey.com last year prompted a bitter dispute between Healey’s widow and a former bandmate. But that’s what happened after Healey died of cancer on March 2 last year at the age of 41.
After his death, former Healey Band drummer Tom Stephen released “Legacy Volume One,” a collection of Healey tunes that included early and unreleased cuts. The CD was put out by “Arbor Records” over the objections of Healey’s family, which encouraged fans not to even buy the two-disc set.
For those who didn’t know Healey’s stuff, the Canadian-born blues guitarist, who was blind from birth, was best known for his 1988 ballad “Angel Eyes” and the Grammy nominated “Hideaway.” Although his band broke up in 2002 and Healey went on to a lengthy bout with cancer, he retained a strong following. Aside from his more commercial work, he was a legitimate blues guitarist who jammed with all of the contemporary greats. With that in mind, I’ll leave you with one of my favorites, his jam with Stevie Ray Vaughan: