March 2nd is now upon us and is has been five years since Jeff passed away. While I haven’t been very vocal on the site to date, I continue to be involved in all aspects. I’ve enjoyed seeing everyone’s involvement with our new official site as you remember Jeff, his talent and what a wonderful man he was. This day is always the hardest one in the year for me but with the support of family, friends and fans like all of you, it makes it a little bit easier.
The support from fans through our website, facebook and really, all over the world, not only reminds me of what a difference Jeff made, it shows his children what a difference he made as well. While the loss of Jeff will always be difficult and we will continue to miss him dearly, we are lucky enough to have memories through conversations, photos and live footage throughout his life. Then there’s his music. Music is an integral part of my immediate family, as it is for many of you. With many thanks to in-akustik and all involved, the recently released collection ‘As The Years Go Passing By’ marks the fifth anniversary of Jeff’s passing in such a great way. We are very fortunate that Jeff has left us so much of himself through his music. As a result, he indeed will always be with us.
Jeff was a remarkable man. He was a person who really loved life, loved a challenge… and loved to laugh. I believe these qualities allowed him to pursue his dreams and tell the world “I think I’ve got something you should listen to.” These qualities also allowed Jeff to not only set an example, but to set a standard of what one person can do, with determination and confidence to face the world on their terms, regardless of any disability.
Along with the enjoyment of his record collection, Jeff loved to play with his children, play cards, eat Cheezies and wear his fuzzy slippers. The year he passed away, it was a shock for me how public everything was. After all to me, he was my husband and not the famous musician. I was, admittedly resentful at first, as most people usually grieve privately. Jeff was never the stereotype of a celebrity and I think that’s why everything came as such a shock to me.
Now, five years later, I am so grateful that he was and continues to be so publicly remembered. I’ve learned so much more about of how Jeff affected people when he was here. While there may have been a time when it was difficult to hear stories, it gives me sheer joy hearing from people about their fantastic experiences with Jeff.
I will be going to visit Jeff today, as I always do on this day. While I’m quite confident he already knows, I’ll be sure to tell him, “they’re still listening”.
So, on behalf of myself and the Healey Family, I thank you for your support, wonderful stories, memories and most importantly… not forgetting.
He brought joy too so many people, everyone I know, always had good remarks to say about Jeff, he will always be remembered.
I still enjoy his music today. He had an amazing talent. Thankful for all he left behind for his family and all to remember him by
I love Jeff Healey. I first learned of him when he was in Road House. His music is incredible and I listen and watch the videos every day.
I love his music. I truly appreciate reading his wife’s article here.
I know exactly how she feels because I have been there twice.
I love his music. I truly appreciate reading Cristie’s article here.
Jeff was the best.I will miss him.God be with him.
Cristie, Jeff Definitely has a very special spot in all our heart’s, I could listen to his music all day long, he was & still will always be an inspiration to us all, he Definitely had & has a way to touch us all, he’s surely missed but never forgotten, the family is always in my thoughts and prayers.
Inspired so many! Missed but not forgotten.
Wasn’t he spectacular in Roadhouse? I got chills but also got so sad when I heard he passed away. He was brilliant, sexy man…
I love love love Jeff Healey. Been listening to Angel Eyes religiously last few months.
I still listen to Jeff. I watched ROADHOUSE today and rewound all the performances to watch them twice! Brings back so many memories! (I’m 62).
I just saw an old interview where people were sayin RIP.. I’m like ‘what’ ?????????? I am now in TOTAL shock since Elvis’s grandson just passed … Jeff’s song Angel Eyes…will be played at my ‘celebration’ ..when I pass…That song is etched in my memory for a man who made my life..have meaning for just one brief..moment in time…. I am saddened and heartbroken to know of his passing…but soon I’m sure I’ll see him again..
Angel Eyes will always be one of my favorite songs ❤️
Yes he will. It is quite often when I pick up my strat that I immediately riff My Little Girl or Confidence Man. The melody that just flowed from Jeff’s hands were obviously a reflection of the love and understanding of the guitar. I want to thank not only Jeff but Christie for giving us guitar players a intimate look at real talent through music but also keeping that alive for those of us who need it to get through life using our guitars or voices to cope. Thank you and God Bless you for loving Jeff and keeping alive a Master’s work. And a Master he was.
I first heard Jeff music in the movie Roadhouse and I’ve been looking for music by him went online and found all his music and about his life so sad but he left good music
I was watching Jeff today when he did the 3 song set in the Jimmy Rogers tribute. I am still blown away watching him play. I love his voice and do miss him. I was excited when you released “Oh What A Feeling” on Canada Day. Wow I hope there is still more to come.
Healey wishes he could have seen your beauty. I’m sure he did. I’m old and I have loved Jeff for a long time. Lived in Eugene in 80s. Keep it up. Dave
I did not know he passed away! I will always see him as the fabulous musician that he was! I am so very sorry for your loss Cristie
Hi Christie. Curious if your and Jeff’s children inherited their fathers amazing gifts and talents. God Bless you and all the Jeff Healey family.
I only liked the movie music then one day listen to everything and now love it all.i was rock and country he changed.my mind blues and jazz is good also.yes i miss him to young to leave us in person but he lives on
The song Angel Eyes was playing at night club when I first met my husband, so it will always be special to us.Now 31 years later still our song.
Still one of my favourite songs too. I just watched RoadHouse for the umpteenth time, and cry when I watch Jeff perform. I hope his children have his talent and charisma — I’ll be there when they come.
I loved that song angel eyes i think of my wife of 37 years and how blessed i am
I loved Jeff Healey’s music, unfortunately the radio stations out in Utah never mentioned that he died, blame KBER, I will miss him just the same
I’ve always loved listening to Jeff’s music. But of course I became aware of his awsome sound from the movie ROAD HOUSE. The smile on his face when he said “and that ladies and gental men”. When he introduced Patrick Swazie was a high light of the show.
My brother loved him very much also with SRV he turned me onto all the good stuff of the 80’s and 90’s
So much love and respect to you and your family.
Brenda from ky
a true inspiration. hope christie life is doing you well God bless
His music gives me hope to live on I only have a year to live I have been diagnosed with cancer of the liver god bless Jeff and all his family I just wish I would have had the honor of meeting Jeff my self as when I pass I am a single dad of two wonderful little girls at least I will get to meet Jeff in heaven I am scared of dying and leaving the two most important things in my life
How are you now?
we will all meet there. My husband died so young but he had no fear…Sometimes I want to rush to get there with him. Hang tight to those you love and imagine the party we are going to have. With all the great music. And some fishing to.
Your comment strikes at my biggest fear as I too am a single dad. Leaving my daughter alone looms. I hope I taught her enough. I hope she remembers. Hope you are still in your two angels lives.
I seen Jeff play on Saturday afternoon in Vancouver before he was famous. There was only about 10 watching him. At the end I talk to him he was very nice. I told next time your back here to play they will be lined up down the street to see you! He said that would great. And there was huge line up to get in I was in the line. He had a big smile on his face through the whole show!
Truly good people like Jeff never die, they live on in our hearts and memories which is the greatest tribute of all. The world is not quite as brightly light as it once was when the light givers and torch bearers of this world depart for God’s beautiful kingdom.
Oh death where is thy sting? Oh grave where is thy victory?
He is surely missed. A musical genius. My husband always dedicated Angel Eyes to me, such a loving song. His gift remains with you forever. My thoughts and prayers to you and yours.
He was the very best. May he rest in peace. I Enjoyed his music.
I continue to play Jeff’s music in my car.. Man has a soulful sound, a comforting sound. Thank you Mr Healey for sharing so much of your wonderful talent with us all. You kind sir will never be forgotten!!
I really miss Jeff.
I always loved Jeff’s music, he was so very talented! I am still saddens me he is gone but I am blessed anytime I listen to his amazing voice! Prayers for you and your family
Seen him in Cincy at Bogarts about 1989, tore it up, one of the best.
Such a talent to be lost way to soon!
Thank you for your words it is always difficult to lose a close one but when they are taken so young and with so much more to give it makes it even more difficult to come to terms with – however I must say you are an excellent ambassador for the legacy of Jeff his music and his very presence and I for one I thank you and I am thinking off those closely connected to Jeff today!
Who knows maybe sometime soon I can share another glass or two of Guinness with you and Rog and we can talk about the great gift to us that was Jeff Healey
March 2 is Jeff Healey Day in my house. Nothing but Jeff Healey music is allowed in my house or in my car. I am a big music lover and fan and Jeff is by far my favourite musician of all times. He could do anything…blues, rock, jazz, folk, cover. I miss him as a fan and I send my best to his family.
Lets remember Jeff today… a great musician and a great guy.
Kathy Chappell – Red Rock, Ontario
To me, Jeff had two voices. One was his guitar of course. The other was the rich tone with which he sang. Coupled – they were as dynamic as any performer out there. I still have his live performance on, you can tell how long I’ve been a fan, on Laser Disc 😉 . I think I’ll listen to it today.
I guess that is the trade off of Jeff’s public persona…
The comfort of knowing how so many others shared your sense of loss versus the loss of privacy, perhaps when you needed it most.
Jeff was an exceptional talent whose musical legacy will never fade. Thanks for all of your efforts on this site!
What a great singer he was brings so many great memories. Musical Legacy forever
Always remember him.. I was young when his song angel eyes first came out.. I was I believe 18.. Thus was my boyfriend and mine first song.. Hr played it at Molson park in Barrie where me and Dave bumped into one another in a croud of 40,000 people.. We danced slow in the rain while eyeryone scattered for shelter… Thankyou for your memories.. Xo
Cristie – this is indeed a special day to remember all of the wonderful things Jeff has left for us to treasure. It is “All Jeff Music Day” here in Halifax as we’re thinking of all of you and the big guy.
I’m José Matías Acosta from Argentina, Buenos Aires. I wish to tell you how I got to know Jeff. I saw him for the first time in “Roadhouse” a long ago, but then I saw it again last year and was curious to get to know Jeff a little bit more. In Argentina, it’s difficult to get his albums and so I started to search for them on the net through E-Bay and YouTube. Today, Jeff’s music is part of my life everyday, since I always listen to him when I go to work and when I come back home and his story is a great inspiration for me.
So, in this day, which is so special for your family and you, I wanted you to know how much I admire him.
Thank you so much for those wonderful words. Isaw him five or six times in my life, and it has been a great moment of sharing music each time… I miss him so mutch! Hold on . Best wishes for you and all your family.
mir ist damals meine Frau im Alter von 36 Jahren gestorben. Unsere beiden Kinder und ich werden heute noch am Todestag, der bereits 15 Jahre zurück liegt, immer noch sehr ruhig, nachdenklich um nicht zu sagen sehr traurig. Daher kann ich mir vorstellen was in Dir vorgeht. Ich wünsche Dir, den Kindern wieterhin alle Kraft der Welt, um dieses Ereignis gut zu beweltigen.
Thank you for sharing with us. Love to you and your family. My husband passed a few years ago, and Angel Eyes was our song. I smile everytime I hear it. I hope you do too.
I had the privilege of working with Jeff twice in my Life…..the sad news on this day five years shocked me, as I had lost a cool *Friend*…Gone,but not forgotten, singing with all the Angels.
Such a wonderful message Cristie! We miss his laugh so much…. Gone way too young… Xoxoxo
Thank You Cristie, my how time flies. Wishing you and immediate family all the best!!
It’s been so long since I’ve seen you or got the chance to talk to you. I not only think about Jeff every March2nd, but you and Derek as well!! I hope you are both very well and happy, I can only imagine how big Derek is now!! =) I will spend the day listening to Jeff and scrolling through my memories. I miss him every day too! Sending much love, terra~
What wonderful words. Jeff has been in my life since the day my brother-in-law lent me: see the light, ever since then I have followed Jeff. Through CD’s, Videos, interviews etc. He was such an inspiration and I just loved to watch him with various musicians, and the certain way they looked at him as he played!
And yes, you’re so right, we’er still listening!
All my thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
Today, I happened to come across the video of Jeff performing ‘Look At Little Sister’ with Stevie Ray Vaughan, and I immediately listened to all of ‘Mess of Blues’.
Thank you Jeff, for all the wonderful music, which sure as hell isn’t going anywhere.
Jeff, you and the family have been in my thoughts all day. Having said that there are very few days when I don`t remember him. I have a million memories of him, and almost all of them great! lol. Hope you are doing well. xo
A great letter from Jeff’s wife Christy. Thanks for letting us into your lives, We miss the man as you all do,and we think of you every year of his passing, I do weekly Rock & Blues program, and am now doing a Tribute track each week to Two’ of may legends, S/R/V & Jeff Healey. Luv’ his website,and of course, you are the one that ties all of us to Jeff’. Please send your thoughts/Messages to us, anytime you feel like it, we’d Love’ to hear from you. Thinking of you & your family on this sad day. His music will live on, as long as Iv’e got a Radio Program. Regards. “Tecka’. Terry Iredale. Tecka’s Rock & Blues Show’ across Australia on CRN every Sat/Nite via satellite
his voice and style still touches the soul! thank you for sharing Cristie ,….my thoughts are with you and your family
His musical talent was immense, and I agree with others that feel his vocals were overlooked as a result. “How Long Must a Man be Strong” one of my favorite songs. He is remembered.
Thank you so much for taking the time to address us Christie. I’m so glad you have been able to take some comfort in the love and memories that others have of your Jeff. I only saw Jeff in concert once in Philly. Luckily I was in the third row and I recall just being beyond excited. Just like the day I learned of the passing of Stevie Ray, hearing the sad news of Jeff’s passing broke my heart and what little was left went out to you and your two children as well as Jeff’s parents. Thank you for the website and FB presence where we can all remember Jeff and his enormous talent and soul and celebrate it together.
Thank you for sharing him with us. I have a copy of a concert he did in London and I love it. His energy was never-ending. He was an amazing musician.
His time on earth was short, but he left a magnificent imprint while we had him.
My name is Rob. I am from Cleveland, Ohio USA. I have listened to everything I can that has Jeff’s name attached to it. Whether it is his CDs or interviews. My son is 11. Last week I was able to get the album “GET ME SOME” It is awesome. My son RJ likes the song Hey Hey. It is #2. He likes them all but that is his favorite now. I want to thank you for putting all these updates together. I sure it is hard without him. Remember he is always in your heart. He can turn my worse days into a great day just by hearing him jam one of his songs on the CDs I keep in my car. I love to listen to music load in my car. I believe the song SEE THE LIGHT was the song that finally blew my speakers.
I had not realized it had been five years since Jeff’s passing. I never met the man, never talked to him or saw him live. All I know of him is his music. The joy in his life is evident in his playing. It is little enough, but it is all I can do to remember this amazing musician. To this day, I have tried to get tired of listening to both Jeff Healey and Stevie Ray Vaughan. It’s not working, but I’m having a lot of fun trying…
I heard one of Jeff’s songs many years ago, “Angel Eyes” it was sung to me while song playing in the back ground. I fell in love with his music right away. Jeff was an amazing person with such a wonderful talent. I got the chance to meet him while they played in Windsor Ont, I cried out of pure happiness being able to meet him backstage, and have my picture taken sitting beside him, nervous at same time lol. I will always listen to Jeff’s music and I love watching the movies he played in esp; Road House! I will have to look for As The Years Go Passing By ! I understand your grieving and wanting your privacy you had every right to that, its so hard with loss. Thank You so much Cristie for sharing that beautiful letter.
My heart is breaking. I ask why? I loved his performances and beauty both inside and out. Why God(or) would take this beautiful person from us bewilders me. To me, he had to fight from the start of life and to the end. He gave so much to my life I wish we could have given him his. He is very sadly missed. Much love to his family and children. Connie
Jeff Healey was a phenomenal Canadian singer, guitarist, actor, philanthropist & humanitarian. He raised a large amount of money for retinoblastoma cancer & the CNIB. BB King stated that Jeff Healey was the best guitarist in the world and George Harrisson sang harmony with Jeff on Jeff’s album for the song While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Jeff’s incredible legacy and beautiful music will live on forever. Our hearts go out to his family & friends. Please nominate and vote for Jeff Healey to be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame & share with your friends on Facebook so that Jeff and his family will receive the recognition they rightfully deserve.
I published the song of great merit “Mess O’ Blues” in his honor to YouTube. http://youtu.be/R1L91vH8IrQ
Hello Cristie … I am so glad that you have set up this site! I remember being so saddened by the news. My own husband passed away one year before Jeff. In fact, the funeral was held on 02 March. I remember wishing I could get a message to you, to say that I knew what you were going through. My husband would have been 46 later in March, and passed away 10 days after cancer diagnosis. I will always remember and love him, as you will always remember and love Jeff. As time goes on, the good memories give way to the pain. “Angel Eyes” was my favourite! Keep living, he would want you to! Continue to be strong. Maryke Mior
I was just watching the Beautiful Noise’ DVD, and thinkin’ about what a great player, and what a great guy Jeff was. R.I.P. Jeff p.s. Voted the Jeff Healey Band Live In Belgium as best Canadian Blues CD Of The Year. ~ Hope it wins!
Gentle hugs today and always Cristie. I listen to your husbands music often. Tonight while listening to ‘Angel Eyes’ I was really moved. Thinking how this wonderful man is no longer with us here on earth but how he lives on with his music and the memories his family continues to share with us.
For some reason I did a ‘Jeff Healey’ search and it brought me here. I guess just to say that I was thinking about you and your family today. I love your work with Daisy’s Fund. We had a scare when my son was 3 years old. His picture is used in the white eye reflux/photo challenge. He’s the little guy at the bottom with pseudoleukocoria. We share with everyone we can so that they are aware. I’m so glad to hear your son is well. Continued prayers of good health.
Much love. Take care of you.
Janet ~ A fan forever
Hi to you all, Jeff`s family. The courageous, big hearted, Jeff Healey remains an inspiration to us all, he was a real man. I loved his music from the first time i heard SEE THE LIGHT magic album, then years later, one day i was in the factory working and on the radio came MY LIFE STORY i obviously knew it was Jeff instantly and after the track finished the DJ said, to win his new album what was the title of this man`s first album, i dialled as fast as i could and told them the answer and they said congratulations we can post the album to you or you can come to the radio station to collect it, i said i will be straight there after i finish work, i spent the rest of my shift whistling and went to collect GET ME SOME on the way home, i still keep the congratulations from Mansfield radio UK paper slip inside the fantastic album, i love every track of it, the run down in the lead break on Holding On is awesome! God bless Jeff and all his family x x x x x x
Mrs. Healey, thanks for sharing your story and for sharing Jeff with us.
I still listen to his music daily.
I just want to say that I loved “The Jeff Healey Band”. His song “Angel Eyes” was one of my all-time favorites and even sang karaoke songs to it many times through the years. I just recently found out he had passed. I am sorry to hear the loss and I, as well, will truly miss him and his music, which always will live on in my heart and his CD’s. He is truly amazing and will be up there along with Stevie Ray Vaughn!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, and I offer you my condolences. Take care and peace. God Bless.
Today, on what would have been Jeff’s 47th birthday, I have received the box set ‘As the years go passing by’, which I can’t wait to get on the player ! What a great way to remember a man who obviously, in his personal and private life, as well as his music, was a real legend. I have been listening to Jeff’s music since the release of ‘See the light’ back in 1988…I continue to listen and marvel at what an innovative talent he was. He will never be forgotten and his music will live forever. Bless you.
I had always remembered Jeff from “Road House”, but never thought about his music career until I really got into playing my own music. One day I was picking around on my guitar and saw that RH was on tv. So looked up some of his songs on my computer right then, and was thinking it would be awesome to see if he was playing anywhere soon. Unfortunately, this was in April of 2008. So all I found were the news stories no more than a month old. I felt so cheated….like here was this beautiful voice that would be incredible to go see, and I couldnt now. But his music still gives my butterflies.
Even as far away as the Faroe Islands we miss this great musician. RIP Jeff and God bless you and your family.
I have loved Jeff Healey since I visited a friend in Toronto in 1990 and he took me to one of his concerts but didn’t tell me he was blind. I was also privileged to see him in the UK at Leeds as well. Until his death I didn’t realise his blindness was due to Rb which is such a regret as my husband and son both have Rb, as well as my brother in law and niece, and my father in law died in 2002 of an associated sarcoma from Rb. When we married our first song was a choice of two, one being Angel Eyes and if we had known, there would have been no other choice to even consider. I can only thank my Canadian friend for introducing me to Jeff’s wonderful music and I will be a lifelong fan. x
Thank you so much for sharing your story… Sarcoma is what took Jeff’s life as well.
So glad you found us. Welcome to the site Vicki. 🙂
Hi I am the new found father of a childhood friend of yours her initials is D. S .. She has shared some wonderful stories of both you and Jeff . I have gotten hooked with your extremely gifted husband.What a great contribution his music and words have made to all of us. We all are truly blessed by his Courage and showing so many if we really want something don’t just Dream it go out and do it cause dreams do come true with hard work and Determination. Thankyou for Sharing Jeff with so many. You are a Good Person . I was raised in Napanee not to far from your area. God Bless. js
Just wanted to say he was a true musician, an inspiration and is still thought of. May God bless you
Still have very fond memories playing euchre against Jeff and his father at his 1st stag and his beginning addiction to the never ending lp quest/collection.
The world lost a true Canadian icon, a father and a real gentleman to those that knew him. God bless
Hi, My name is Gregory. I remember seeing Jeff at the Halifax Forum in 1991. My girlfriend insisted on me going to see him because she deemed him as the best guitar player ever. I didn’t even know who he was but after I listened to some of the songs on the radio a seen him live it was truly the best concert ever. I have loved his music ever since and glad to hear he is truly Canadian. He may be gone but his music will live on in the hearts of millions forever. Thanks
As a younger person in 1989, My friends and I fell in love with Jeff’s interpretation of the blues. He was a genius on the guitar. I spent the better part of tonight looking at old videos and recordings of him. I’m just as amazed today at 43 as I was at 17. The man absolutely shredded the blues, as well as the established notions of what a blind person could do. He was such a remarkable musician. You should always be proud.
Wow to this day I still cry a little and laugh a little also. I had the pleasure of seeing Jeff three times in concerts. One at The House of Blues in New Orleans. His song “Angel Eyes” will be my all time favorite. The love of my life called me that from the time Jeff came out with that song. Unfortunately we are no longer together but the song is still dear to my heart. Jeff was kind enough to meet me that night because I passed a note to his band member about my story. He was a kind, sincere and appreciative soul. Jeff we all miss you my friend. Hope to hear you play in Heavens Band again one day. RIP to a very very good guy.
Now you and BB, Jimi, Stevie Ray are all jamming. Wow wish we could hear that. Until we meet again Jeff know you are still with us always……
Here we are in 2015 and man do i enjoy his music! RIP
I was thinking about this song I couldn’t get out of my head and looked it up. Angel Eyes. It brought back so many memories for me. I am revisiting all my favorites by Jeff.
I put my music on random play when I’m working on stuff in the back yard. Just about every time a song from The Jeff Healey Band “Master Hits” comes on I stop what I’m doing,go back in the man cave and turn off random play and listen to the whole album! Lost in your eyes is one of the prettiest songs I’ve ever heard. I just love the song writing Jeff and his band came up with. I don’t understand why he is not in the rock and roll hall of fame. He will be missed but gladly his music will be here till the end of time!
About to call it a night; was just listening to some random music before bed- Akon, Guns N Roses, Sara Evans, Bowling for Soup, then I hear Jeff’s voice and remember seeing him for the first time on Roadhouse with Patrick Swayze and being mesmerized by his talents… I asked my wife if she remembered and she brings up Angel Eyes… It’s crazy. I often think how artists leave such a lasting impression on this world; forever recorded on media and in our souls. He is missed.
An old memory that has always stayed with me from a Jeff Healey concert I attended in Oakland, California (late 80s or early 90s). Now I had been to over 60 concerts in the late 70s and throughout the 80s. My girlfriend couldn’t attend Jeff’s concert with me and had to cancel late so I decided to go by myself (which was sort of dangerous considering that I was going from a small town-Fairfield to Oakland). Anyway I gently pushed my way to the front row area (no seats) and was completely thrilled by Jeff’s performance. I had never really listened to Jeff’s combination of blues / jazz music. I remembered feeling a bit lonely in the crowd with very happy ears. During the band’s break, Jeff stayed on the stage by himself wiping his brow and resting. I looked at Jeff and thought to myself, “Wow, he is really handsome!” To me, he looked a little lonely too so I began to speak to him. Now this place was packed and noisy but from my very first sentence, to my surprise, he heard me. He was so friendly, warm and fun as he politely replied to my inquiries. He then threw his towel to me which someone else caught and gave to me. I didn’t feel lonely anymore and every time I think of Jeff Healey–the great musician and performer–I remember the epitome of a gentleman and someone I wish I could have known. With love,
As a guitarist and working musician, I have the greatest respect and admiration for Mr. Healey and his music.
His music is kept alive in bars and venues all around the world by many including myself feeling honored to play some of his songs live for people to continue to enjoy and remember the greatness.
All the best to the Healey family. – Richie
Jeff was a charismatic musician, and every time I hear How Long Can A Man Be Strong I cry. It’s a song I make my current partner listen to when he’s down. Thanks and be at peace, Jeff
From the first time I heard jeff play and sing,I was all in! Jeff made me feel my soul!! I do have my one favorite, like everyone else. This guy will live forever in all of us forever!! All my love to you Healey family!!!
Sorted it for ya Keith! ~Rog
I still tell everyone about Jeff! So loved every sound he made! Angel Eyes!! I played it so much!!! Jeff will live forever for all that knew his music!!
Mrs Healey and family
I just wanted to share a memory of your husband. It was at a show in ventura ca some years back. I was always a fan of his and this was my first time seeing him in concert. I have seen 20-30 concerts in my day but none of them got to me like Jeffs did. I remember watching him play and i was overcome with tears,the happy kind though. I couldnt believe the heart and soul he played with. I left there more inspired than any concert I have ever seen and I have seen many..
He was one in a million
Thanks for sharing him with the world
It is April of 2016 and I happened to be shopping in one of my favorite stores which has the name Christmas in It and I love going there for a bargain! I came across the “I see The Light” album by Jeff Healey Band and I knew the name but completely forgot his music. I neglected to buy it but then looked on-line for his music. “Angel Eyes” was the first song I listened to and I told myself…..”Elaine, you’re an idiot because now you have to go back to the Christmas store to buy it”. I am saddened to read that Jeff passed away and I was also unaware that he suffered from blindness. I have family members who are blind from Retinitis Pigmentosa. I want to extend my sincere sympathy to Jeff’s Beautiful Family and to also say Thank You for sharing your Love For Him to All of Us Out Here In This Big World……I’m going back SOON to purchase the CD filled with Jeff’s talent. Bless You and Your Family. Sincerely, elaine
What a gift Jeff gave us 2 my husband and myself! Our love song is his. I married a manly man……so not 2 sentiment….. but that song comes on anywhere and his mush! 4 ever thank you
Jeff’s music , determination, and his talents have been a true blessing to me and my family .
I rarely hear Jeff’s music played locally any more but, lo and behold, I turned on my TV, switched on HBO and there was the movie, “Roadhouse” on the tube.
I enjoy the movie but it isn’t my favorite, but I’ll watch it just to hear Jeff’s music.
Jeff was taken from us far too early at only 41 years of age, but his music will last FOREVER!
RIP, Jeff. May God Bless you, your wife and your surviving family.
Rock On in Heaven, Brother!! 🙂
My husband and I were talking about Jeff today, his music carries so many memories for us…we miss his music, we hope you and the children are well!
I have always been in awe of Jeff ‘s talent! I love to get on Youtube music and listen to all of his music! What a blessing he was!
I have listed to Jeff’s music since I first heard “See the Light” many years ago upon a trip to Canada. I have since collected all his music, and listen to it constantly. I was also able to see him in concert many years ago. Sadly, Jeff passed away on my birthday.
If possible, I would love it if his version of “On The Road Again” from the movie “Roadhouse” were released. I love Jeff’s version of that song.
Missed the concert…any plans for another in the future?
You never know… ~Rog
I was overcome with tears just reading about his life. How amazingly strong and wonderful he was. Not to mention his appearance is BEAUTIFUL. What a lovely person. Taken far to soon. May you always be comforted by his kind spirit and his gracious music that lives on.
I just wanted you to know that Jeff’s life is such an inspiration to me especially now when I really needed it. I am on dialysis for kidney failure three times a week and struggle with depression. But now I think to myself…”look at everything that jeff was dealing with but never gave up. If he could do it then I can deal with my problems and live my life to the fullest also!” Thank-you so very much!
I still remember the first time I heard Jeff music. I went to the theater to see Roadhouse and I could not believe what I heard, he blew me away with the way he played that guitar. I loved his music from then on and when I found out about his death I just could not believe it but the way I have always looked at it is that God must need all the good people in heaven with him. Miss you Jeff……
Roadhouse brought me here, let his songs live on.
I am still a Big fan of Jeff. I seen him live in concert, opened for ZZ Top in 1990 Tacoma Dome. He was unknown by me at that time, but his performance, his voice, his expertise on multiple music instruments, he gained a new fan that day, and forever. I still enjoy his music to this day. I have much of his music. He was called to Heaven too early, he is missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family. Christie, thank you for sharing this site with all his fans. I really appreciate your time and allowing us to remember him here, too. God Bless.
Cathy, Eugene, Oregon
Jeff was a fighter! I grew up listening to his music in the roller rink. When I get sad I play some Healey and I feel so much better! God Bless to the family! 🙂
To me, Jeff Healey was the ultimate musician and the ultimate guitarist. To play the way he did allowed him to make chords a normal player would find almost impossible. He always hit the notes he wanted with such accuracy and timing which gave his music a purity to listen to. The man was a legend.
I remember Alpine Valley Wisconsin when Jeff and Eric Clapton had a guitar battle and Clapton set his guitar down at jeffs feet that is one of my Fondest Memories of any concert when Jeff came out of his chair and the chair went flying across the stage the whole place went crazy. That was the weekend that Stevie Ray Vaughan died in the helicopter crash.
Jeff is and will always be one of my favorite musicians of all time. I wonder what it would have been like to have jammed with him. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting him personally, his music will live on and give so many people the pleasure of knowing Jeff through his videos and recordings. I’m sure heaven gained an incredible musician when he left us and he will always be fondly remembered by me and many others for years to come.
I am an old friend of Jeff’s from the early 80’s before he got famous.I was his guitar tech those days,and I had a lot to do with Jeff’s gear.I was with him when he got his first Strat,and I was the guy who customized his Cry Baby pedal,which you hear on See the Light.
I use to go around to the clubs with Jeff and on a number of occasions I recorded the band,so he could hear what they sounded like.I still have the tapes,and want to put together a CD of these recordings for posterity.
I have one small favor to ask,and that is I would like to get some pictures of Jeff’s guitars,and especially the Cry Baby pedal which I customized for him before he got famous.
Please write me when you can it would mean a lot to me.
Thank You and all the best
He had an awesome voice that would just draw you in. It’s great to still hear his music and voice. You will be with him again someday.
He was lucky to have you. I am a newcomer to his music. What a treat for me.
I just heard Angel Eyes on the radio tonight and it took me back in time to when the song first came out. It is such a beautiful song! I was reminiscing and reading some things about Jeff on the Internet and came across this site – I thought I would just share a comment to say that he touched my life in a small but meaningful way with his music.
IT MAKES ME SAD ANOTHER WONDERFULL TALENTED MUSICIAN HAS GONE.I NEVER KNEW HE LEFT US.I AM A GUITARISTS AND MARVELLED AT HIS WAY OF PLAYING THE STRAT.I TRIED IT AND FOUND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO PLAY AT ALL .I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANOTHER PLAYER ,PLAY LIKE HIM.THERE WILL ONLY BE 1 JEFF HEALEY.HE IS UP THERE WITH HENDRIX,STEVEY RAY AND ALL THE OTHER GREAT PLAYERS OF GUITAR. TAM GUITARIST SYDNEY AUSTRALIA.
Just watched Roadhouse. What an amazing talent. I hadn’t realized that Jeff Healey was no longer with us. Very sad.
Thank you Cristie for sharing your story and thoughts of the beautiful memories of the Great Jeff Healey. He was a very talented and wonderful man, that brought everyone enjoyment of his music. He is still missed dearly from his everyone.
Jeff Healey’s music, vocals and humanitarianism made him an amazing Godsend on earth. He’s now flourishing as a Godsend in paradise.
Truly a gift to the music world. Thank you lord for blessing us with such a beautiful talent
You were blessed being married to him. Never forget your time together. It is so precious.
All the best!!!
I have always enjoyed his music, when I first heard him. I was so amazed how he played and enjoyed himself so much, with the music, he produced. I can say to others and myself, I will listen to his music till I am gone. Thank You
Beautiful man! Loved greatly!
He was an amazing talent, his music is still relevant today and I love Jeff Healy’s music legacy.
What an amazing interesting man. May his music and short life live in Infamy God Bless
It was Roadhouse when I heard this amazing voice and guitar that just tugged at my very heart and soul<3. His heart,soul and music will bless others forever:). Peace,grace, and love to you and your family<3. Your heartfelt words just lift me up as his music does for so many<3:)
Gone too soon.. RIP Jeff.. You left some awesome music behind for us to listen to for a lifetime ahead of time.. You will always be a star, just now you’re one in heaven..
Just watched Roadhouse for about the 100th time, and my husband and I were wondering why we hadn’t heard anything for years about Jeff and we were blown away to hear he had passed. It’s been a long time but we send our condolences. HOPE his children know how much he was loved. We love all of his music and still listen to it.
I am from India.
Not many people listen to jazz or blues where I come from.
So listening to Jeff has given me a sense of hope.
I have never seen Jeff in real life, although if I did, it would be a dream come true.
Before my time is up, I would like to visit his resting place and pay my respects, to the most inspirational person I have ever come across with a graceful essence.
I wish I could have seen him play live atleast once.
But I guess visiting his grave (if allowed) would be the next best thing before my time is up.
Jeff, you showed me that there are no limits to what a person can do.
RIP great soul, the likes of which we may never see again in this world.
Thank you Jeff Healey!
Im a guitarist and I have enjoyed Jeff music for years. He was a big influence in
my own desire to play. He was very talented as we all know and when he lost the fight the world was left a little empty. But what he did leave behind was a short legacy of fantastic music for everyone to enjoy.
Hello guess I have lived in the shadow so sorry for your loss. Lived Jeff’s music still listening to it today RIP Jeff Healey
He sang the song ANGEL EYES BEAUTIFULLY! Never get tired of watching the vidio!
Jeff was an awesome perfomer! You could hear his soul through his voice! He was such an amzing talent. His music will live forever and so his memory lives on as well! I’ve sang and played the guitar since the early seveties and I wish could sing with half the heart that displayed in his music!
I was just listening to his music a few minutes ago. Made me want to research a little on him, I didn’t know exactly how he passed and well, its just so sad. I feel so very selfish, I lost my friend at 8 years old to leukemia and I know this sounds ridiculous but, to me, I felt like I knew Frankie for 20 years,,yet we were just children. And I still have not forgotten about him and IM still not over it. I can’t go to the cemetery without weeping-and Im in my 40’s. I guess I have this thing within me that refuses to grow up in a sense, cause I don’t feel my age & don’t act it-lol.. Anyway, when it comes to Jeff’s music, there’s something inside of it that feels so cryptic, I don’t think it’s so much for the ears to just hear or the mind to understand but, for the soul. Cryptic for the soul. Angel Eyes digs deep. To me, its more than a ballad I mean, there’s more their between him singing about a beautiful chick. I have to literally fight off tears, that’s how much it touches me. Shit happened to me last night at Wegmans, (grocery store) & heard that song and was like, “oh yea,, dang, this song I haven’t heard in so long, what ever happened to that guy..” and then as the versus & chorus’ went on, I felt that deep tug at my heart & tear ducts and thought, “Oh shit, not here..” I knew he passed & now learned it was over 10 years ago, one day before my birthday (who cares, just saying)-so Jeff, you did something I couldn’t get myself to do. And you did it without all the weight of shitty stuff this world has against you. I had no excuse, and you showed people-neither did you so, anything is possible. Wish I would have thought this a few years back..lol But, Im a single dad of a young boy, I’m trying to present all these nuggets of wisdom I’v learned into him.. Im also going to introduce him to your music. Thanks man, for all you’ve done without giving a shit about what anyone else thought..
I’ve never heard of Jeff Healey, but I’ve heard his songs. For some reason, I just starting watching videos of him this morning and can’ t stop. He is truly an Inspiration and an amazing artist. One of a kind, and I hope others can appreciate what a gift he was to this world.
Aloha, I’m a 61 year old retired Detroit art teacher who was teaching in Kaua’i in 2008. I am learning just now about Jeff Healey. Mahalo Nui, Mil Gracias, Thank you very much! Heaven got a great guitarist. After a divorce, I have met my love with Angel Eyes, and his song soothed my soul. Biggest blessings for his Ohana. Aloha!
Wow we are watching Jeff on YouTube here in NZ 2019.
Such a very cool talented man and so bloody sad to lose him to the great band in the sky. Love and kisses xxxx
IMO this was probably one of the best pairings with SRV
Sadly both gone WAY Before their time
I freakin love Jeff. He was and is a wonderful musician and seems to be a wonderful human from the sounds of it. I only wish I got to find the latter out personally but oh well. You know it’s kinda funny that as a young man with my friends we used to listen to Angel Eyes and comment on how many times he referenced some sort of sight which we got a kick out of as he is of course blind. Funny thing is in many ways he could see more clearly than most to all of us. He used his soul for his vision and he definitely had 20/20 in that way. I’m glad to see that people are remembering what a great man and musician he truly was and is. It would be nice to see some festival or TV show or something to keep hi memory alive in a broad fashion. His legacy deserves to be remembered. Keep rocking people. Keep Jeff in the hearts, souls and minds of the world.
He’s still here. You just have to close your eyes and listen to the music!
Jeff Healey was a very remarkable man he never let his disabilities gettin his way of his life. I was in a major car wreck in 2008 and about died I felt sorry for myself for the longest time until I heard about Jeff Healey and the Jeff Healey Band.. he inspired me to get off my ass and live my life…. Jeff was a remarkable man with a gift of talent that cannot be explained thank you Jeff for the inspiration to get my life back on track you will always be remembered…
Wow – so moving reading these comments – his album is still one of my most treasured – and whatever it is about his music, his is the music and lyrics that pop into my head at random times during my life – thanks for the joys and memories.
I still love his music he was a fantastic musician and singer I got my wife to love his music we will miss the great talent he brought to the world but still and will forever love his music.
Such a loss when the world lost Jeff Healey. Loved Healey since I was just a kid. I never got to see him, but his music was a big part of my growing up. Amazing talent and soul.
When I was younger I heard Angel Eyes over and over. Just happened to select an 8o’s genre and his song came up. It is now April 3,2020. We are in lockdown due to a virus known as Covid 19. His music helps uplift our quarantine easier. RIP Jeff and Mrs Healey I hope you are safe and well along with your family. Blessings
I’m stuck at home in during this quarantine. I found myself listening to old songs I’ve enjoyed and have found myself listening to Jeff for the last week. Truly timeless.
Here on the last day of one of the craziest years, 2020, I am at this moment listening to As The Years Go Passing By. Such an incredible talent & sorely missed.
Sitting having a cold one on a beautiful sunny winter’s day and Angel Eyes played on the radio. So i googled Jeff’s name and although I’ve always enjoyed his music, I never knew much about him. He sounds like he was a wonderful man who touched many people in a special way. Cristie’s letter was beautiful and touching. Stay safe. Stay happy.
It was 13 years ago today that the music world lost the brave and soulful sound of the amazing Jeff Healey.
A tremendous artist who toughed it out through blindness and other serious health issues since birth so he could share his gift with the world.
His courage and message are timeless.
Thank God we’ve got his recordings, he’s well remembered!
I saw Jeff and the band in Sydney, Australia in 1989 and every person there was stunned by his feel, his playing and his mastery of his instrument – I felt the exact same way when I saw SRV 5 years earlier. A life long impact and still fresh and amazing to this day.