Top 5 Rockers Who Overcame Stammering

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Recently, I became somewhat concerned as my formerly flawlessly articulate three-year-old daughter began to stammer whenever she tried to talk. It was a very sudden onset that is still occurring, and I wondered if this was the first sign of a serious problem that she would have to work to overcome. Off to the Internet I went.

Stuttering generally manifests as repetition of sounds when trying to form words. My daughter saying "d-d-d-daddy" for example, or pauses in speech where no words can be formed. No one really knows what the cause is. Everything from genetics to an anxiety disorder has been hypothesized, and even though speech therapies can be quite helpful there is no absolute cure. Over 3 million Americans alone suffer from the condition.

In 1998, domestic and international organizations dedicating to raising awareness for stuttering by founding International Stuttering Awareness Day. Every October 22, people from across the world are encouraged to learn more about stuttering, and their website has been very helpful and calming to this concerned father.

Also calming was a list I came across of famous rock stars who suffered from stuttering but still went on to illustrious careers. This week we dedicated a playlist to them.

5. Noel Gallagher: The Oasis guitarist and man behind many of the band's best songs, visiting Bayou Music Center November 9 with his new band High Flying Birds (and Snow Patrol), has stammered since a young age. He and his brother Paul were often beaten by their alcoholic father for stammering... in addition to many other reasons. It took four years of speech therapy for Gallagher to overcome the condition.

4. Elvis Presley: Without his stammer, we might never have had the King of Rock and Roll at all. When Presley was five-years-old his mother took him to a local singing competition on the recommendations of a doctor. Singing is a common trick used by stutterers because it uses voluntary diaphragm usage instead of involuntary diaphragm usage like speech. Presley would continue to stutter through high school, but more importantly became one of the most famous singers of all time.

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Other singers stutter, too, such as Bill Withers, B.B. King, Paul Young, Mel Tillis, Robert Merrill,Nancy Wilson, Marc Anthony. Check out more singers and famous actors who stutter on the list of Famous People Who Stutter on the website of The Stuttering Foundation:


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