Famous Blind Musicians

Nov 152006

Andrea Bocelli- Classical Singer

—Date of birth: September 22, 1958

—Reason of blindness: Went blind at age 12 due to congenital glaucoma (a disease associated with abnormal pressure inside the eye, which eventually causes damage to the optic nerve and permanent loss of vision, according to eyemdlink.com)

—Famous songs- “Il mare calmo della sera,” “Time to Say Goodbye,” and “Because We Believe.”

Ray Charles- Soul and Jazz Pianist

—Date of birth: September 23, 1930 Date of death: June 10, 2004

—Reason of blindness: Went blind from Glaucoma at age 7

—Famous Songs: “You Are My Sunshine,” “Georgia On My Mind,” and “Hit the Road Jack.”

John Kay- Guitarist from Steppenwolf

—Date of birth: April 12, 1944

—Reason of blindness: Went blind from congenital achromatopsia (congenital eye defect that results in severe color blindness, poor detail vision, and photophobia, which is sensitivity to light, according to visionrx.com)

—Famous Songs: “Magic Carpet Ride,” “Born to be Wild,” and “The Pusher.”

Stevie Wonder- Grammy-winning Pianist

—Date of birth: May 13, 1950

—Reason of blindness: Has been blind from death

—Famous Songs: “Superstition,” “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You.”

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