TBT: Musicians Who Overcame Disabilities
(12 May 2016)

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TBT: Musicians Who Overcame Disabilities

Happy Birthday to the legendary singer and songwriter Stevie Wonder who is celebrating his 66 birthday this week!

Baby Stevie Wonder was born six weeks premature in 1950, leaving him blind. He used his musical talent to overcome his blindness, going on to receive 25 Grammy awards in his career - the most ever awarded to a male solo artist.

For Throwback Thursday this morning we’re looking at other musicians who overcame disabilities in their lives:

Ludwig van Beethoven

 Ludwig van Beethoven Expresso

At age 26, German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven began to lose his hearing.

His deafness might have curbed his performing and conducting career, but he managed to compose some of his most popular and best-known works in the last 25 years of his life – when he was completely deaf!

Ray Charles

  Ray Charles Expresso

When a young Ray Charles began gradually losing his sight, his mother encouraged him to take up music and learn to play the piano.
At the age of seven he was completely blind, and at the age of 15 he was already touring the country performing R&B, jazz and country.

Rick Allen of Def Leppard

 Rick Allen of Def Leppard Expresso

In 1984, drummer Rick Allen of the popular British rock band Def Leppard was involved in a car crash in which he lost his left arm.
With his band mates’ encouragement and he specially designed drum kit, Rick retaught himself to play and is still playing and touring with the band until this day.

Andrea Bocelli

 Andrea Bocelli Expresso

Italian singer Andrea Bocelli has sold over 80 million albums, was named one of People magazine’s most beautiful people in 1998 and won a Golden Globe along with Celine Dion for their song ‘The Prayer’ in 1999.
Just goes to show that any disability can be overcome, as Andrea was born with poor eyesight and became permanently blind at the age of 12 following a football accident.




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