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Jeff Healey Band CD Dispute Brewing

Thursday October 30, 2008

Blues artist Jeff Healey

As reported by Chart Attack and elsewhere, there is a major league dispute brewing over the upcoming Jeff Healey Band album. Titled Legacy: Part One, the three-disc CD+DVD set is scheduled for release on November 4th, 2008 by Canada's Arbor Records.

Here's the rub, though: Legacy: Part One is completely and totally unauthorized by Healey's wife. In a statement released to the press, Cristie Healey states "we ask that Jeff's fans please refrain from purchasing this compilation out of respect for Jeff and his family. This release is NOT authorized or supported in any way by Jeff's estate." The blues artist and talented guitarist died in March 2008.

Legacy: Part One was compiled by Tom Stephen, former drummer and business manager for the Jeff Healey Band. The set's DVD includes rare performance footage, interviews and music videos while one CD includes the Jeff Healey Band's singles, and the second CD features previously unreleased live material.

At the core of the dispute is the relationship between the late bluesman and Stephen, who claims that he is owed royalties from the band's late-1980s/early-90s era major label album releases, and that he owns a piece of the band's music, including rights to the Jeff Healey Band name. The band was officially disbanded in 2002. Because of the fight between Healey and Stephen, the estate released the authorized, posthumous Mess Of Blues album under the Jeff Healey Blues Band name shortly after the guitarist's death.

The Healey estate has plans to release albums of archival material in the future, including a Jeff Healey Jazz Wizards album. "The estate will ensure that future releases are assembled with the care and attention that they deserve out of respect for Jeff and his fans around the world," says Cristie Healey.



“He's as close to being a founding father of rock and roll as we have and they ought to put him on a stamp.” -Bonnie Raitt

Welcome to the website for Johnnie Be Good, a feature length documentary under production about Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Johnnie Johnson. The projected completion date of the documentary is 2008. This documentary will examine the musical relationship between two rock and roll architects, Johnnie Johnson and Chuck Berry, and examine the debate about whether Johnson should be remembered as merely a superior sideman to Berry, or one half of rock and roll's first great song-writing team. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Eric Clapton, Bo Diddley, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Weir, Joe Perry and John Sebastian share their opinions. Also interviewed are five key participants in Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll, the movie which caused the music world to rediscover Johnnie: Clapton, movie director Taylor Hackford, movie producer Stephanie Benett of Delilah Films, Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, and drummer/producer Steve Jordan. Paul Shaffer, music director for The Late Show with David Letterman shares his opinions about Johnnie Johnson, as do guitarist Jimmy Vivino from the Conan O'Brien band, rock legend Al Kooper, Bruce Hornsby, Michael McDonald, and long-time New York d.j. Pat St. John of Sirius Satellite Radio. Music historians Rob Bowman , who wrote Johnnie's bio for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame program, and Bruce Pegg, who wrote the Chuck Berry biography Brown Eyed Handsome Man share provocative viewpoints. Executive producing Johnnie Be Good is documentary and feature film director George Hickenlooper, who directed 2006 release Factory Girl, starring Guy Pearce, Sienna Miller, Jimmy Fallon, and Hayden Christensen.

Please go to the contact page to join the Johnnie Be Good mailing list and follow the progress of the documentary.

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