Recording Artists with Disabilities

One area on which disabled people have made a strong contribution is in music, particularly pop music.

In addition, let's not forget the inventor of the record player, Thomas Edison


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All artists - alphabetical lists

(by surname or group name)

Artists A-E

Gareth Gates

Gareth Gates

Disability: Stutter (source)

Despite coming second in ITV's Popstars programme, Gareth Gates went on to be hugely popular, with a string of hits including Unchained Melody, Anyone of Us, and Spirit In The Sky.

Barry Gibb


Disability:    arthritis (source)

member of pop / disco band the Bee Gees

Billy Joel

Billy Joel


Pop / rock artist with several hits in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s.

Hits include Uptown Girl (as covered by Westlife), We Didn't Start The Fire, and River Of Dreams

John Lydon

John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten
source of photo: article
Disability: scoliosis (source: Scoliosis World)

Most famous as Johnny Rotten in controversial punk band The Sex Pistols.
Founder member of post-punk band PiL (Public Image Ltd)

Liza Minnelli
Disability:    asthma (source)

    hits include "So Sorry I Said" and "Don't Drop Bombs"

Mike Nolan


Disability:    Epilepsy (source)

Singer in Buck's Fizz
Bucks Fizz had several hits in early 1980's, and won Eurovision song
contest in 1991 with "Making Your Mind Up"

Gary Numan

Gary Numan

Disability: Aspergers (source)

One of the pioneers of the "futurist" electronic music style, Gary Numan had a number of hits in the early 1980s - notably "Cars" and "Are Friends Electric"

Merrill Osmond

Merrill Osmond

Disability:     diabetes (source)

one of The Osmonds, pop band from early 1970's

Daniel Powter
Daniel Powter
image source:
Disability: Dyslexia (source: Wikipedia article on Daniel Powter)

Most famous for his hit single "Bad Day" in 2005.

Scott Robinson

Disability: dyslexia (source: CBBC News article)

A former member of Five (sometimes spelt 5ive), a boy band popular at the turn of the 20th/21st century.

Leo Sayer


  • dyslexia (source)
  • had a "nervous breakdown" in 1968 (source)

Had a number of hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s, including "When I Need You", "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" and "How Much Love".

Returned to the charts in 2006, when a remix of "Thunder In My Heart" reached number 1.

Joss Stone
Disability: dyslexia (source: Wikipedia article on Joss Stone)

R&B singer, hits include You Had Me and Spoiled.

Artists U-Z

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