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Handicaps? Hardly, more like handicapable. These performers still make great music even if they are missing one of the senses or a body part.

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Rachel Stevens: Claustrophobia
She admits to being claustrophobic since she was a young child. In fact, when she was about to give birth to her daughter, Rachel used to the stairs rather the elevator to get to the hospital room.
He lost all of his sight by age 7. He didn't know the cause of his blindness, but some sources point to glaucoma.
Ray Davies: Bipolar disorder
Ray Davies of the Kinks has manic depression. Some of the Kinks' lyrics reflect paranoia, alienation and other symptoms of bipolar. He's good at writing about these issues because he's been there, he's lived thru it all.
Rex Harrison: Blindness in one eye
Richard Pleasance: Tinnitus
The former Boom Crash Opera bassist/guitarist/songwriter/producer continued to work with the band in the studio after developing permanent ringing in his ears, but had to be replaced by a stand-in for live performances.
Rick Allen: Amputation of his arm
Rick Allen lost his arm in a car wreck. At the time the doctors tried to reattach his arm but the procedure was unsuccessful resulting in amputation of his arm just below his elbow after gangrene set in. In spite of the loss of his arm Rick still continues to drum for Def Leppard using his one remaining arm and his feet. Rick wanted to keep his job and singer Joe Elliott said "he didn't want to take the time to train a new drummer."
On the Shane Christopher Neil Podcast Show, Rob admitted that he was having seizures due to alcohol abuse and Mark Holmes had to hold him upright.
Rob told Shane that the hospital in Niagara Falls wanted to keep him overnight and he wanted to do the show at the Niagara Wine Festival.
Robbie Williams: Multiple Addictions, Depression, Alcoholism...
His list of problems reads like a criminal record. Battle with alcohol, substance abuse and depression had been his problem ever since his days in Take That. He recently was in rehab again for addiction on antidepressant Seroxat.

He is known by his friends to be paranoid, especially for worrying a concert becoming a flop.
Rocky Mak
Robert Wyatt: Paraplegia
Wyatt was the drummer of the '60s pschedelic-jazz band Soft Machine. He has been wheelchair-bound since a bad fall on his back, but has had a critically-acclaimed solo career since the mid-70s.
It's a terrible progressive nerve disease that takes someone's ability to walk, talk and even breathe on their own but it leaves the intellectual capabilities completely unaffected.
Roger Daltrey: Allergic to Cannabis
Even second-hand smoke affects his singing. He's asked concertgoers many times not to smoke it at shows.
I Smoked 2 Joints in Ottawa
Roger Miller of Mission Of Burma: Tinnitus
He is a member of the Punk band Mission Of Burma and developed the condition from playing extremely loud live shows...this was why the band broke up in 1982...[Editor's note: I added some words to the name so as not to confuse the artist with the 60s-70s country novelty singer Roger Miller.]
Roger Taylor of Duran Duran: Emotional Breakdown
Roger quit Duran Duran in 1985 after the band performed at the Live Aid concert in Philadelphia, PA.
Country singer whose hits include "Pure Love," "It Was Almost Like a Song" and "Lost in the Fifties Tonight."

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