That time I asked 22-year-old Jeff Healey what Patrick Swayze was like to work with on Road House

By Steve Newton

I was fortunate enough to have interviewed Canadian guitar wizard Jeff Healey three times.

The first time was on June 25, 1988, when he was just 22, and still three months away from releasing his incredible debut album, See the Light.

Healey–who, sadly, died from cancer in 2008 at age 41–had just finished filming his role as Cody, a bar-band guitarist in the action flick Road House, starring Patrick Swayze, who’d become a huge star for his role in Dirty Dancing the year before.

At one point in the conversation I asked Healey what Swayze was like to work with.

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