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Anastacia on a stage outside.


Anastacia has Crohn's disease. She had hits such as "I'm Outta Love", "Left Outside Alone" and "Sick And Tired".

In 2003 she was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, and has said that this was the inspiration for the music on her 2004 album, "Anastacia".


Portrait of Beethoven.

Ludwig van Beethoven was a classical composer and pianist. He slowly went Deaf.

Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton is deaf in one ear.

His chart hits in the 80s include Time Love And Tenderness, Love Is A Wonderful Thing, and When A Man Loves A Woman.

Ray Charles

Ray Charles
Black and white photo of Ray Charles and a piano.

Ray Charles cannot see.


Cher has dyslexia.


She was originally part of the duo Sonny and Cher with her husband. She later was a very successful solo artist.

Her solo hits include "If I Can Turn Back Time" and "Believe".

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain had Scoliosis. He was the frontman for the rock band Nirvana.

Phife Dawg

Philfe was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes. He was a rapper and founding member of the band A Tribe Called Quest.

Jason Donovan

Jason Donovan has Psoriasis. He first found fame on the Australian soap Neighbours.

His hits include Too Many Broken Hearts and Nothing Can Divide Us.

He has also acted in musicals such as Joseph & His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and The Rocky Horror Show. He has also appeared in reality TV shows including Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing On Ice.

Ian Dury

Ian Dury had a movement/walking disability, resulting from polio.

He has had hits from 1978 ("Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick") into 1980's.

His song "Spasticus Autisticus" was banned from radio.

Gareth Gates

Gareth Gates, a pop star has a Stutter. He was runner-up in the TV competition Popstars on ITV. His hits include Unchained Melody, Anyone of Us, and Spirit In The Sky.

Barry Gibb

Barry Gibb had arthritis. He was a member of the Bee Gees.

Billy Joel

Billy Joel had asthma.

His greatest hits include Piano Man, Uptown Girl and We Didn't Start The Fire.

Emmanuel Kelly

Emmanuel was born without arms or legs in Iraq. He was adopted by Australians. He participated in X Factor Australia.

Paul Oakenfold & Varun collaborated on a remix of his song Never Alone.

John Lydon

John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten had scoliosis. He was a member of the punk bands Sex Pistols and PiL (Public Image Ltd)

Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli is a singer and actress. She has asthma. Her hits include "So Sorry I Said" and "Don't Drop Bombs"

Viktoria Modesta

Viktoria Modesta was born in Latvia but lives in the United Kingdom. Her left leg was amputated below-the-knee.

She has released both extended plays and singles.

She is also a model and actress.

Mike Nolan

Mike Nolan had Epilepsy. He was a singer in the British pop groups Bucks Fizz.

Gary Numan

Gary Numan was Autistic.

Gary was first the frontman of the new wave band Tubeway Army. He is also considered one of the pioneers of the electronic music style.

His eighties hits include "Cars" and "Are Friends Electric.

Merrill Osmond

Merrill Osmond has diabetes. He was the lead singer of The Osmonds.

Daniel Powter

Daniel Powter has Dyslexia and had a hit single in 2005 titled "Bad Day".

Adam Rickitt

Adam Rickitt is an actor and singer. He was a solo artist and was part of the supergroup 5th Story. He had Bulimia.

He has acted in three soaps: Coronation Street, Shortland Street and Hollyoaks.

Scott Robinson

Scott Robinson has dyslexia. He is a former member of the boy band Five.

Leo Sayer

Leo Sayer has dyslexia.

He released hit songs in the late 70s and early 80s including "When I Need You", "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" and "How Much Love".

He had another song in the charts when a remix of "Thunder In My Heart" reached number 1.

Joss Stone

Joss Stone has Dyslexia. She had a hit song "You Had Me".

Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins

Tionne T-Boz Watkins has Sickle Cell Disease. She was a member of the group TLC.

Maurice White was a member of the R&B group Earth, Wind and Fire. He had Parkinsons Disease

Toyah Willcox

Toyah Willcox had Pelvic Dyslepsia and was born with a twisted spine.

She fronted the band Toyah which had the hit "Thunder In The Mountains".

Mari Wilson

Mari Wilson had diabetes (type 1, IDDM) and Coeliac Disease. Her eighties hits include "Just What I Always Wanted", "Cry Me A River" and "Wonderful".

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse
Amy Whinehouse and Mick Jagger performing on a stage outside.

Amy Winehouse had dyslexia. Hit songs include "Back To Black", "You know I'm No Good" and "Rehab".

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder
Black and white photo of Stevie Wonder close-up with a mic.

Stevie Wonder is an America musician. He cannot see. One of his hits was "Love Is In The Air"

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This page was originally published at 24/06/2021 07:37:15 UTC

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