I thought Sunday was Blog For Access Day but it’s actually today! It is pretty tough for musicians with disabilities to gain prominence , but it’s even tougher for women with disabilities! Here are some awesome ladies who made it happen.
First up, Grammy Award winning jazz singer Diane Schuur who has been blind since birth. Here she is singing “The Very Thought Of You” (Ray Noble, 1934).
Next up, Peggy Lee who had Meniere’s disease which causes slight hearing loss and tinitus and vertigo. Near the end of her career, complications from diabetes also meant she gave some of her spectacular live performances while using a wheelchair. Here she is performing “Fever” (Cooley, Davenport 1956) which was one of her biggest hits.
Dinah Shore contracted polio as a child which left her with a lifelong limp. Here’s Dinah with Peggy Lee singing “I’ve Got Rhythm” (Gershwin, Gershwin 1930) and forming a dynamic women with disabilities duo!
Cher has had the kind of career longevity that most artists can only dream about. She also has dyslexia. Here she is singing her first US hit “Gypsys Tramps And Thieves” (Bob Stone 1971)
Grammy nominated singer Melody Gardot had a traumatic brain injury which left her with memory loss, chronic pain, and hypersensitivity to light and loud noise. During her recovery, she used music therapy which helped her to discover her amazing talent. This is Melody singing “Baby I’m A Fool” which she wrote herself.
Finally, rapper Foxy Brown contracted an (unnamed) illness which caused her to lose her hearing for several years. In order to continue recording during that time, she had an assistant tap on her shoulder to help her keep the beat. This is “I’ll Be.”
I’m thrilled to be part of this celebration. Happy Blog For Access Day!!