The Jeff Healey Band: While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Norman Jeffrey Healey (b. 1966/03/25 and d. 2008/03/02, Toronto , Ontario, was a blind Canadian jazz and blues-rock vocalist and guitarist who attained musical popularity in the 80s and 90s. Visually handicapped at age 1, his eyes had to be surgically removed, and he was given artificial replacements.
1983: Jeff formed the band BLUE DIRECTION in Toronto and played bar-band covers.
1988: The band signed to Arista Records also including Joe Rockman, bs gtr, backing vocals; Tom Stephen, drums featuring George Harrison, backin vocals and Jeff Lynne on acoustic guitar on a Beatles' track While My Guitar Gently Weeps: CAN RPM 100 #5; US #27; UK #18. http://youtu.be/660a3z7r2_4
The album Hell To Pay was recorded at Le Studio in Morin-Heights, Québec in January and February 1990 and released in May. Produced by Ed Stasium.
Album references i.a. CAN 218632 2 - UK/Europe 260 815, 1990.
Among the charts positions there was UK #85 (113622); US Top 200 #27; AUS #20 (105171); NZ #5; NOR #9; SWE #10; NL Top 100 #16; CH #16; GER #17 and so on.
In 2009, Healey was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame.