5 Singers Who Went Through Hardship

author: Asecretchord date: 12/16/2013 category: features
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5 Singers Who Went Through Hardship
Some of the greatest singers you may know had tough stretches in their musical careers.

Billy Joel

Oh, the great Billy Joel. Grammy winner, amazing singer and artist. However what many do not know is that his album was rejected, and following that, he spent the next six months of his life playing bar piano. As well as this, he disguised himself as a different name. Anyone starting to see a connection to one of his songs maybe? Maybe *cough* "Piano Man"? Billy Joel never gave up though, and see if one takes a look at his career now, you would never guess this happened to him.

Whoopi Goldberg

Comedian, political activist, amazing singer. However, did anyone know she dropped out of high school and then lived off of a wonderful thing known as welfare? The hard-working Goldberg never gave up though. She had three jobs at this time. One as a bricklayer, one as a bank teller, and her final job was a makeup artist... to dead people. She would literally do the hair and makeup of a dead body. Talk about creepy. I mean I didn't even know that was a real job. I had no idea a dead person had a personal preference on what they looked like as they were buried into a pile of dirt. "Oh no! Be careful when you put her in! The dirt might ruin her makeup!" I wonder if makeup could ruin the decomposing process, like does that actually affect the dirt or something? Anyway, moving on...

The Beatles

I think everyone knew this one was coming. The arguably greatest band to ever live. In 1962, The Beatles auditioned for Decca Records. However The Beatles were rejected because Decca claims that they, "Don't like their sound and guitar music is on the way out." Well I'm lost for words. The Beatles ended up... well becoming The Beatles. If you don't know who The Beatles are and want me to explain their success, well she should probably just leave and murder yourself with your lack of knowledge. If you don't, then I'll have to kill myself then eat you. Moving on.

Cyndi Lauper

She's probably less recognizable than my other artists I'm doing, but regardless, her story is pretty cool with her best known song probably being "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." In 1977, she sang some covers with Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, and a whole lot more. However, she managed to damage her vocal cords really badly. She was told by doctors in 1977 that she would never sing again, but she kinda won a Grammy in '84. However, it took her until 1980 to actually get back to the batter's box and take a swing. But yeah, she kinda hit a home run.

Elvis Presley

THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL BABY! Something people may not know about Elvis is that he was thought to be a really bad singer as a teenager. He got a "C" in his high school choir and was told by a manager of his to stop singing and go back to "drivin a truck." I don't know about you, but I bet if you ask those two if they regret any of those comments, I 100% guarantee they get embarrassed. It would be a similar situation like if you asked Michael Jordan's high school basketball coach why Jordan didn't make the team. And the answer is simple: they don't have the slightest clue what they were thinking.

Thanks everyone for reading! Name some people I forgot down in the comments and have a great weekend! I mean these people really did prove their doubters wrong, to the point of embarrassment. This just goes to show you, never give up on anything that you are passionate about.
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