Norman Jeffrey Healey, 25 March 1966, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, d. 2 March 2008, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Blind since developing the rare eye cancer retinoblastoma at the age of 12 months, this white blues rock guitarist and singer played in an unusual, instinctive lap-held style. He received his first guitar at the age of three and became a proficient multi-instrumentalist in childhood. At 17, he formed Blue Direction and gigged regularly in the Toronto area. In 1985, Healey was invited to play alongside Texas bluesman Albert Collins who, much impressed, in turn introduced him to Stevie Ray Vaughan. The Jeff Healey Band - Joe Rockman (b. 1 January 1957, Toronto, Canada; bass/vocals) and Tom Stephen (b. 2 February 1955, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada; drums) - was formed the same year and began playing across Canada. They released singles on their own Forte label - and produced accompanying videos - before signing to Arista Records in 1988. See the Light was...
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