Jeff Healey Band – In Concert (Diamond Club Toronto, November 1988)

FrontCover1 (2)Norman Jeffrey “Jeff” Healey (March 25, 1966 – March 2, 2008) was a blind Canadian jazz and blues-rock vocalist and guitarist who attained musical and personal popularity, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Healey was raised in the city’s west end. He was adopted as an infant; his adoptive father was a firefighter. When he was almost one year old, Healey lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes. His eyes had to be surgically removed, and he was given ocular prostheses.

Healey began playing guitar when he was three, developing his unique style of playing the instrument flat on his lap. When he was 15, Jeff Healey formed the band Blue Direction, a four-piece which primarily played bar-band cover tunes and featured bassist Jeremy Littler, drummer Graydon Chapman, and a schoolmate, Rob Quail on second guitar. This band played various local clubs in Toronto, including the Colonial Tavern.

Healey began hosting a jazz and blues show on radio station CIUT-FM where he became known for playing from his massive collection of vintage 78 rpm gramophone records.

Jeff HealeyShortly thereafter he was introduced to two musicians, bassist Joe Rockman and drummer Tom Stephen, with whom he formed a trio, The Jeff Healey Band. This band made their first public appearance at the Birds Nest, located upstairs at Chicago’s Diner on Queen Street West in Toronto. They received a write-up in Toronto’s NOW magazine, and soon were playing almost nightly in local clubs, such as Grossman’s Tavern and the famed blues club Albert’s Hall (where Jeff Healey was discovered by guitarists Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert Collins).

After being signed to Arista Records in 1988, the band released the album See the Light, featuring the hit single “Angel Eyes” and the song “Hideaway”, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. While the band was recording See the Light, they were also filming (and recording for the soundtrack of) the Patrick Swayze film Road House.(by wikipedia)

And this is a very rare bootleg from the beginning, and it´s an excellent soundboard recording … And, much more important: it was an excellent and a powerful concert … if you like blues-rock … than … you know what I mean…

 Recorded live at Diamond Club, Toronto Nov.15, 1988
Recorded live at Massey Hall, Toronto Nov 11, 1988 (08. + 09.)


Jeff Healey (guitar, vocals)
Joe Rockman (bass, vocals)
Tom Stephen (drums)

01. My Little Girl +  Blue Jean Blues (Healey+Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 13.16
02. Confidence Man (Hiatt) 4.06
03. White Room (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 7.21
04. Don’t Let Your Chance Go By (Healey) 3.34
05. Introduction 1.23
06. Roadhouse Blues (Morrison/Krieger/Densmore/Manzarek) 6.16
07. See The Light (Healey) 9.44
08. I Need To Be Loved (Healey) 4.47
09. All Along The Watchtower (Dylan) 6.47