Top 10 Well Known Differently Abled Musicians

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Today musicians are less than average and parade about looking pretty and croaking a few words every now and then. The following musicians were remarkable in every way possible even though they were differently abled- the singers today should learn something from them.

1. Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman is considered to be the best violin player of his time. He had polio but he worked very hard and was able to walk with the help of crutches. He uses a scooter or his crutches even today and was invited for Obama’s inauguration recently.

2. Edgar Winter

Edgar Winter was a part of the successful group, The Edgar Winter Group. He suffers from albinism which basically means that he is extremely vulnerable to light. He never let this get in his way and is multi-faceted- he plays the percussion, the keyboards, the saxophone and sings beautifully.

3. Paul Stanley

Paul Stanley is the lead vocalist and a well-known guitarist of KISS. He was born with a deformity called Microtia because of which the outer part of his ear is almost entirely absent. He grew his hair out during high school and kept it that way for a long time after.

4. Bret Michaels

The doctors told Bret Michaels that he had type 1 diabetes when he was only six years old. He was encouraged to interact with other kids his age who were suffering from the same problem and grew up to sell 25 million albums with his band.

5. Kenny G

Kenneth Gorelick or Kenny G had acute asthma but went on to fulfill his dream of becoming a saxophonist. He sold over 48 million albums and broke several records in the United States of America. If you are a fan of jazz, you should look definitely listen to all his albums.

6. Ray Charles

Ray Charles is world renowned because he basically created his own genre of music. What he did was take several elements from country, gospel and blues and form a style that was completely unique and different in every way. He is featured in the list of the best artists of all time by Rolling Stone. This famous musician was blind by the time he turned six.

7. Jacqueline du Pré

Jacqueline du Pré played the cellist brilliantly even though she suffered from multiple sclerosis. Her performances were said to be legendary and out of the world. However, her illness caused her to slow down her career and she died at the age of 28. No cellist has matched up to her ever since.

8. Tony Iommi

Tony Iommi had an accident in his metal factory which caused him to lose the tips of his ringer and middle finger. He thought about ending his career but a fellow musician told him that he should go on. He took his advice and sold about 20 million albums.

9. Rick Allen

Rick Allen is a part of the popular band, Def Leppard. He had a car accident in 1984 because of which he lost his arm. Even though the doctors were able to attach the arm again, he contracted an infection because of which it had to be removed again. He managed to play the drums irregardless after several engineers came together and created a specially designed drum kit for him.

10. Ludwig Van Beethoven

Beethoven started become deaf during his 20s but continued to create beautiful music. He achieved everything he wanted to and will be remembered till the end of time.

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