Jeff Healey grew up in Toronto, Ontario. When he was only one year old he developed a rare cancer of the eyes called retinoblastoma.
Both eyes had to be surgically removed. He began playing the guitar at the age of three.
Road House. The Jeff Healey Band was asked to record the soundtrack and was offered speaking parts in Road House, a film starring actor Patrick Swayze.
major TV talk shows. The group was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
|Receiving Juno Award|
He released three CD’s of traditional American jazz music of songs from the 1920’s and ‘30’s.
In this venue he also played trumpet, which he also played in live performances.
This club later moved to 56 Blue Jays Way and was renamed Jeff Healey’s Roadhouse.
Terry Fox Hall of Fame.
Healey played a black Fender Squire Strat, a white standard Strat, and a black Jackson six-and-twelve-string doubleneck on his lap.
His right hand picks and strums, while his left runs wildly across the strings of the headboard. "I tried playing guitar the normal way, but I just wasn't very comfortable," declared Healey in an interview with Oregon Statesman-Journal reporter Ron Cowan, "so I decided to hold it in my lap and work out all the chords that way." Healey’s equipment was rather sparse compared to some of today’s artists.
Jeff had a double neck Jackson guitar. Jeff may have briefly used an Ibanez guitar.
With The Jazz Wizards, Jeff used a vintage Gibson L-12 from between the 1930-40’s period. Jeff Healey preferred Fender Pro-Tube Twin amplifiers.
On the road he used reissued Fender Black Face Twin Reverb amps. He also was known to use a Marshall JCM 800 and a Matchless Super Chief.
Early on Jeff utilized DOD pedals and later switched to Boss pedals including the following: Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Boss OD-1 Overdrive Boss Chorus Ensemble pedal Boss Compressor sustainer Boss Digital Delay Boss GE-7 Equalizer Vox Wah pedal
He also made use of a wireless system to connect his guitars with the amplifier.
He may have made use of a Leslie speaker in the studio. On stage this was
replaced with the chorus pedal.
This is from the Road House Movie