I played a concert at the Iowa Braille School and the subject of blind blues performers came up. I promised the director, an avid country blues fan, a tape of all the blind players I could find. This list would make a good show for an interested disc jockey…

Blind blues and R&B players/singers:

  • Amos, Blind Joe
  • Blake, Blind
  • Booker, James (partially sighted)
  • Brewer, Blind James
  • Brown, Blind Purlee
  • Butler, Henry
  • Campbell, Blind James
  • Carter, Bo (Blind Arthur Blake) -disputed-maybe not blind at all
  • Carter, Clarence
  • Charles, Ray
  • Davis, Blind John
  • Davis, Blind Willie
  • Davis, Rev. Gary
  • Eaglin, Snooks
  • Estes, Sleepy John (partially sighted)
  • Fuller, Blind Boy
  • Graves, Blind Roosevelt
  • Harris, Blind Willie
  • James, Blind Willie
  • Jefferson, Blind Lemon
  • Johnson, Blind Willie
  • Lee, Bryan
  • LeJeune, Bobby (partially sighted)
  • LeJeune, Iry
  • Low, Eddie (New Zealand singer)
  • Lucas, Lazy Bill
  • McTell, Blind Willie
  • Meyers, Sam
  • Papeech, Claude (pianist, New Zealand)
  • Penya, Paul
  • Phillip, Blind James
  • Pucket, Riley
  • Reynolds, Blind Joe
  • Roberts, Marcus
  • Terry, Sonny
Jazz & Miscellaneous:
  • Bocelli, Andrea
  • Feleciano, Jose
  • Five Blind Boys of Alabama
  • Five Blind Boys of Mississippi
  • Handy, W. C.
  • Healey, Jeff
  • Hearne, Bill (partially sighted)
  • Hearne, Bonnie
  • Kirk, Roland
  • Milsap, Ronnie
  • Morello, Joe (partially sighted)
  • Payne, Leon
  • Schur, Diane (voc)
  • Shearing, George
  • Tatum, Art (partially sighted, right eye only)
  • Tristano, Lenny
  • Watson, Doc
  • Wonder, Stevie