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Anastacia on

Disability: Crohn's disease (source: Anastacia Newkirk, singer)

Dance music artist, has had  a number of hits including "I'm Outta Love", "Left Outside Alone" and "Sick And Tired".

Anastacia was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2003, and has stated that this was an inspiration for the music on her 2004 album, "Anastacia" (source: Wikipedia Anastacia article)

Anastacia in concert, from wikipedia

Michael Bolton
Michael Bolton

Disability: deaf in one ear (source: The Wellness Site)

Chart hits in the early 1990s include Time Love And Tenderness, Love Is A Wonderful Thing, and When A Man Loves A Woman

Ray Charles



Disability:    dyslexia (source)

Started in Sonny & Cher
Hits from 1960s ("Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves") to late 1990's ("Believe")

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Kurt Cobain

Disability: Scoliosis (source: Nirvanaclub)

Judy Collins

Phife Dawg

Jason Donovan

Jason Donovan

Disability : Psoriasis (source: Wikipedia article on Jason Donovan)

Started as an actor on the Australian soap-opera Neighbours, in the late 1980s.

Had a number of hit singles - produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman - from 1988 into the early 1990s, including Too Many Broken Hearts and Nothing Can Divide Us.

Has since acted in a number of musical plays, including Joseph & His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and The Rocky Horror Show.

Ian Dury


Disability:    movement/walking disability, resulting from polio

Hits from 1978 ("Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick") into 1980's
Recorded "Spasticus Autisticus" which was banned from radio

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