Just for the hell of it...disabled musicians.

By:  @randy, 4 weeks ago
Comments: 31 ..


Many musicians and performers are disabled. Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, etc. Blindness seems to be the most prominent. Still the drummer for Def Leppard (Rick Allen) lost an arm and still continues to play for the band to this day. Pretty good for a drummer.

Here is one of my favorites. Most blind musicians are piano players, but the late Jeff Healey managed to become a great and greatly under appreciated guitar player as a blind musician. He played rock and roll and blues like few others. Pretty good for a blind White guy. When he died we lost a great talent.

link 03/05/17 05:13:06AM @randy:


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link 03/05/17 05:15:23AM @randy:

Damn he was good! And not bad for a blind Canadian either. peace 2

Sorry there are so many posts, but I made a mistake on one and if I delete it, they all go away.

Buzz of the Orient
link 03/05/17 07:40:36AM @buzz-of-the-orient:

Having been deeply involved with folk music during the late 50s, the 60s and early 70s I got to see and know many famous folk musicians, some of whom had disabilities such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, and Doc Watson.

Buzz of the Orient
link 03/06/17 04:14:20AM @buzz-of-the-orient:

I guess there aren't any old folkies around.

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link 03/05/17 08:21:22AM @randy:

Even if he could see he would be counted among the great rock and roll guitar players. IMHO.

link 03/05/17 08:22:59AM @kavika:

Great video Randy. Love Jeff Healey on the guitar.

link 03/05/17 08:46:38AM @randy:

He was awesome and not just because he was blind. He was just simply a great musician!

Other members, please post some of your favorite clips from disabled musicians you have enjoyed!

link 03/05/17 09:30:21AM @kavika:

link 03/05/17 09:56:37PM @randy:

Always loved Ray Charles. Had a chance to see him in the mid-70's at The University of North Dakota, but agreed to give up my ticket to a friend because he had a date and I didn't. Lucky bastard. What the hell, Phil was a good guy, but I still wish I had seen Ray perform.

link 03/05/17 09:53:48AM @deepwaterdon:

Saw Ray in concert once with Billy Preston back-up. One of the best I've seen. Have always been a Jeff Healy fan. Here's a couple of more, Jose Feliciano, Ronnie Milsap, and George Shearing.

link 03/05/17 11:49:00PM @sixpick:

link 03/05/17 11:55:52PM @randy:

Fantastic! Great to hear his music, but also his biography! Great selection!

link 03/06/17 08:11:48AM @sixpick:

Buzz of the Orient
link 03/06/17 11:40:02PM @buzz-of-the-orient:

Terrific video. I really enjoyed watching it.

link 03/05/17 11:55:59PM @sixpick:

link 03/06/17 12:02:20AM @randy:

Also incredible. Great on the guitar, but also great at getting through his life! I wonder what his driving test at the DMV was like? Wink

link 03/06/17 12:04:32AM @pepe:

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link 03/06/17 12:11:52AM @randy:

Great contribution! Amazing! I do wonder how he holds is cigarette though. Thanks for this on though!

link 03/06/17 12:12:44AM @sixpick:

link 03/06/17 12:20:55AM @randy:

Unbelievable! Just jaw dropping! I hope everyone on the site sees this video!

Buzz of the Orient
link 03/06/17 04:12:46AM @buzz-of-the-orient:

I hate to dash your hopes, but......

link 03/06/17 04:19:06AM @randy:



Buzz of the Orient
link 03/06/17 04:20:54AM @buzz-of-the-orient:

You said you hoped that everyone on this site could see that video, but I thought you knew I could not open YouTube.

link 03/06/17 08:14:28AM @sixpick:

It's the one below "Yes You Can" Buzz.

link 03/06/17 07:38:16AM @sixpick:

Buzz of the Orient
link 03/06/17 08:23:17AM @buzz-of-the-orient:


link 03/07/17 12:21:47AM @randy:

Simply amazing, isn't it!

Buzz of the Orient
link 03/07/17 12:49:28AM @buzz-of-the-orient:


Buzz of the Orient
link 03/07/17 12:59:25AM @buzz-of-the-orient:

This is a great article. Thanks for posting it, Randy.

link 03/07/17 01:13:32AM @randy:

You're welcome Buzz. I was watching "Roadhouse" the other night and I was watching Jeff Healey playing. I have been a fan of his for a long time and the truth is that, as good as he was in the movie, he was really a much better guitar player then you could tell from the movie. He had that specially built guitar so he could play rhythm guitar while he was singing and then to switch to some incredible solo playing. And then getting up and dancing around while playing behind his head while blind! Damn! And not just playing, but kicking ass! It got me to thinking of how many great musicians there have been who were physically handicapped in one way or another and what they had to overcome to become as good as they were.

Buzz of the Orient
link 03/07/17 12:57:52AM @buzz-of-the-orient:

Thanks Six. Glad I could watch that.


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