Famous Blind Piano Player & Blind Musicians

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The language of music is the language which a deaf can hear and a blind can see. Of course, people with eyesight have certainly more advantage than the one who doesn’t. It might sound very obvious that blind people face more problem in performing any skills but, here is a list of ten blind piano musicians who won everyone’s heart by their phenomenal performances.

Ray Charlies

The only person which strikes in the mind when it comes to the best creative blind person is Ray Charlies. He passed away in 2004 but until his last days, he continued writing songs, singing and, was a pianist.

He was a great source of inspiration and also inspired Stevie wonders who is another black blind musician. Along with all this, he was also the pioneer of the soul music genre. Frank Sinatra once told that “Ray Charlies is the true genius in the show business.” Ray Charlie was truly a great artist.

Stevie wonders

Inspired by Ray Charlies, Stevie Wonders was another great black blind artist who showcased magnificent talent. He was an outstanding pianist with a great gift of skills in playing the instrument.

Several times Stevie is termed as “Child Prodigy” because people believe that he was gifted with such skills by birth. He was blind by birth but signed his first deal at the age of 11 and composed some of the most popular songs of that time.

Art Tatum

Even though he was blind, he contributed a lot in the field of music especially, jazz music. When it comes to the famous jazz pianist he is surely one among them. He has overcome his disability with his amazing skills as a pianist.

There is nothing much published about him but there is one biography written on him. He avoided the spotlight as much as possible. His jazz skills were enough to show how talented he was.

Ronnie Milsap

It is observed that majority of the blind musicians and pianist had jazz and blues as their forte. Standing out among all of them, Ronnie Milsap showcased his talent in the country music. He was blind by birth but grew up listening to country and gospel music which lead him to pour out his interest.

At the age of 7, his teachers saw his talent and said he was born talented in the field of music. Before releasing out His first single “Total Disaster” he had taught himself various instruments. Though his popularity couldn’t sustain until the end he was truly a legend in the field of music.

Nobuyuk Tsujii

Nobuyuk Tsuji is a very famous piano player with the extraordinary talent for the instruments. At a very young age(4 years) he was able to play “jingle bell” on the piano just by listening to his mother. At the age of 7, he was able to win the prize at All Japan Music Competition for Blind Student.

When he was 10 years old, he won Century Orchestra Osaka. He now performs across the globe and has started to produce his own classical music. He is a true inspiration for people who seek a great interest in music.

Moondog

There is nothing ordinary about this man. His name, music, thinking, and lifestyle are all extraordinary. He chose to live on the street instead of home. Loius Harden aka Moondog used to dress like the Norse God of Thunder, Thor.

His music was as unique as he was. The music which he produced was inspired by the noises he heard on the street, on the subway and other public places.

Even though his music never gained any popularity, he was considered among the list of the artist which also had Phillip glass, Stevie Reich and many more. In true sense, he was a unique personality but a touch of extraordinary skills.

Jose Feliciano

Jose Feliciano was best known for “Feliz Navidad” which is a Christmas novelty song. He has composed and performed various masterpiece over the span of 50 years of his musical career and still continues to produce music in English as well as Spanish. He was gifted with the skills in playing guitar. It is said that he is among those who considered themselves blind.

George Shearing

He is one among the outstanding piano artist of the era. He was a jazz musician and also, better than all the jazz musicians over the course of his career. He was a great piano performer and has produced more than 300 original songs.

He was knighted by the Queen in England in 2007 and has also played in the white house for three different presidents. From playing in a local pub to getting honored, He had truly reached the height of success with his talent.

Blind Willie Jhonson

Willie Jhonson was blind but the reason behind his blindness was never clear. There are various rumors out but no specific reason behind the blindness was ever stated. In spite of this, he produced 30 different tracks in the Columbia Records.

His famous songs are now covered by Eric Clapton and “The White Stripes.”Even though he was so talented, he was underappreciated, was homeless and died poor.
Kuha’o was not that famous artist in the field of music.

He didn’t even had any popular record nor had he played at any bigger place but, he was known for marking prodigy. At the young age of 15 years, he was able to play any song on the piano just by hearing it once. Such people have kept the inspiration of blind musicians alive.

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