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List of famous blind people, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. They say that if you lose one sense, the other four become stronger. Looking at the list of famous blind people it would seem that the old adage is true. Many famous blind people have become successful and influential musicians. Several others have become successful athletes, politicians and actors.

Who is the most famous blind person? Stevie Wonder tops our list. The “I Just Called To Say I Love You” singer has been blind since shortly after his birth, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming one of the most successful musicians of all time. Wonder was a child prodigy and he had his first hit song at age 13. Since then he has had over 50 top 40 singles and he has influenced hundreds of musicians. Other famous musicians who are also blind include singers like Ray Charles, Andrea Bocelli and Jose Feliciano.

Several blind people have also had great careers in politics. New York Governor David Paterson became blind at age three after having an ear infection. Politician Thomas Gore became blind at a young age, but he remained determined to have a career in politics.

Do you think that being blind helped these famous men and women find even more success? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 26 Famous Blind People
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"What'd I Say" singer Ray Charles started to go blind at age five.  By seven, he was completely blind.

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Age: Died at 74 (1930-2004)

Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Arranger, Jazz Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: Ray, The Help, Inglourious Basterds, Inside Man

Also Ranked

#82 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#21 on The Best Singers of All Time

#96 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

#11 on The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 26 Famous Blind People
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Author Helen Keller fell ill when she was just 19 months old.  She became both blind and deaf after the illness.

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Age: Died at 88 (1880-1968)

Birthplace: Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA

Profession: Pacifist, Lecturer, Author

Credits: The Miracle Worker, Deliverance, The Unconquered, Adventures from the Book of Virtues

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#15 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

#45 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#23 on The Most Powerful Women In The World

#98 on Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

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Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 26 Famous Blind People
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Singer Andrea Bocelli became blind after a sports accident when he was 12.

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Age: 58

Birthplace: Lajatico, Italy

Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more

Credits: Andrea Bocelli: A Night in Tuscany, Sarah Brightman in Concert, Céline Dion: These Are Special Times, Tuscan Skies ~ Andrea Bocelli ~

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#77 on The Best Singers of All Time

#34 on The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#71 on The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 26 Famous Blind People
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"Signed, Sealed, Delivered" singer Steve Wonder has been blind since shortly after his birth.

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Age: 66

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Film Producer, + more

Credits: Silver Linings Playbook, Die Hard, I Am Legend, I, Robot

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#47 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#7 on The Best Singers of All Time

#14 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

#45 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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