Top 10 Musicians with Disabilities


The Top Ten

1 Ludwig Van Beethoven (Deafness) Ludwig Van Beethoven (Deafness) Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, more.

He truly revolutionized classical music in a way no other composer ever did.

Deafness is the enemy of the sense of hearing, and somehow, Beethoven, being the genius he was, overcame it even if he couldn’t hear his great masterpieces.

I like this list and your items order: of course a genius deaf musician and a drummer with one hand should be on top. - Metal_Treasure

Everyone is special in his own way

2 Jose Feliciano (Blindness) Jose Feliciano (Blindness) José Montserrate Feliciano García (born September 10, 1945), better known simply as José Feliciano, is a Puerto Rican virtuoso guitarist, singer, and composer.

Feliz Navidad! , his cover version of Light My Fire, Chico And The Man, his collaborations with Diane Shur, Debarge (All this Love), John Lennon gives him a special place in music. He has being in Andy Williams Show and singing together with Johny Cash, Kenny Rogers, The Suprenes, Bing Crosby, Lani Hall and a lot of other singers in Spanish and Italian.

3 Ray Charles (Blindness) Ray Charles (Blindness) Ray Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.
4 Stevie Wonder (Blindness) Stevie Wonder (Blindness) Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.
5 Rick Allen - Def Leppard (Full Arm Amputation) Rick Allen - Def Leppard (Full Arm Amputation) Richard John Cyril "Rick" Allen is an English drummer who has played for the hard rock band Def Leppard since 1978. He overcame the amputation of his left arm in 1985 and continued to play with the band, which subsequently went on to its most commercially successful phase.

He is so inspiring...he rocks! - Ananya

And he is a drummer! - Metal_Treasure

Still, he is a great drummer!

6 Andrea Bocelli (Blindness)
7 Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath ( Partial Finger Amputation) Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath ( Partial Finger Amputation) Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer. At age 17, he accidentally lost the fingertips of his middle more.

He had to to tune down his string to make them easier to bend and invented heavy metal in the process. The irony is that he lost his finger tips in a metal pressing factory. All hail the Godfather of Metal! - TheStargazer

8 Paul Stanley - KISS (Microtia)
9 Bret Michaels - Poison (Type 1 Diabetes) Bret Michaels - Poison (Type 1 Diabetes) Bret Michael Sychak, professionally known as Bret Michaels, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and reality television personality.

Wow, I did not know this. He gets us diabetics then, and he's a very good singer. - Martinglez

10 Michael Bolton (Deafness) Michael Bolton (Deafness) Michael Bolotin, known professionally as Michael Bolton, is an American singer and songwriter. Bolton originally performed in the hard rock and heavy metal genres from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, both on his early solo albums and those he recorded as the frontman of the band Blackjack.

Just in 1 ear - 445956

What? I didn't know this! I can't believe it's true... - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Hansi Kürsch (Tinnitus) Hansi Kürsch (Tinnitus) Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records more.

Tinnitus is worse than blindness for a musician - blindness is something bad but it's not related directly to music/singing condition whereas tinnitus is. Hansi is a hero. - Metal_Treasure

This is noise in the ears, usually ringing or buzzing, luckily - sometimes it's music. Tinnitus is a big challenge for a musician, especially a singer - imagine a live show and Hansi sings one song but in his ears there's something else. Tinnitus was one of the reasons he wanted to become a guitarist and not a singer. Nevertheless, he's one of the greatest metal singers with one of the best live performances.
Hansi: “Throughout my career my ears have been the biggest problem. I do have tinnitus, which luckily disappears from time to time, but does also come back. Since my ears work differently every day this is a big challenge for every engineer. Apart from that I constantly have to struggle with sinuses, which especially on tour can cause severe problems, because of Blind Guardian‘s rule "do not cancel a show due to illness". - Metal_Treasure

12 Casey Harris - X Ambassadors (Blindness) Casey Harris - X Ambassadors (Blindness)

Yeah that's true, but that didn't effect his amazing skills - Ananya

He is not famous as many other musicians here but when I heard some of the songs and came to know that he is blind and he plays piano and keyboards then it made me think that he deserves more recognization,so I added him,just you can think how Beethoven showed his inspiration and then this man showed something like him(Beethoven) - zxm

13 Itzhak Perlman (Polio)

He can walk on braces? Well, I knew what polio means.

14 Edgar Winter (Albinism)

Albino people can't stay in sun as it can cause many problems along with skin cancer..but no natural force couldn't stop him from becoming a legend - Ananya

15 Django Reinhardt (Two Paralyzed Fingers) Django Reinhardt (Two Paralyzed Fingers) Django Reinhardt is a famous guitarist in the genre of jazz. He lost 2 of his fingers in a fire but carried on with his playing. He later inspired Tony Iommi, the original guitarist of Black Sabbath, to continue playing after he lost his fingertips in a factory accident. His guitar is an acoustic gypsy. more.
16 Selena Gomez (Lupus)

She's gonna die of it one day, we know her fate.

17 Adam Young (Asperger's Syndrome) Adam Young (Asperger's Syndrome) Adam Randal Young is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for creating the synthpop/electronica project Owl City. Other important projects he has taken part of are Sky Sailing, Port Blue, Swimming With Dolphins, Seagull Orchestra and Adam Young Scores.
18 John Lennon (Autism)

Is this certain or just a guess?

19 Brian Wilson (Deafness on one ear)
20 Iggy Pop (Physical Deformity)

I try to add him again, and make it more simple (thanks to admin for renaming properly his disabilities):
His right leg is one inch and a half shorter than the other one, and his spine twisted after a fall he took dancing on an amplifier, which left him with a slight limp. He said: "As I began to lose unlimited use of my body, I had to start using my head. I'm a much more remarkable person mentally than physically." - Lotuscandy

21 Gary Numan (Asperger's Syndrome)
22 Rich Williams - Kansas (Lost Right Eye)
23 Kenny G (Asthma)
24 Jacqueline du Pre (Sclerosis)
25 Jason Becker (ALS)
26 Travis Meeks (Asperger's Syndrome)
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1. Ludwig Van Beethoven (Deafness)
2. Andrea Bocelli (Blindness)
3. Stevie Wonder (Blindness)
1. Ludwig Van Beethoven (Deafness)
2. Ray Charles (Blindness)
3. Bret Michaels - Poison (Type 1 Diabetes)
1. Ludwig Van Beethoven (Deafness)
2. Michael Bolton (Deafness)
3. Hansi Kürsch (Tinnitus)

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