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Lefty Brighter Side

Left-hander Brighter Side

Left-handers often make great musicians because of their exceptional musical memories, despite the scarcity of left-friendly instruments.

Some Musical Lefties – singers, songwriters, musicians all:

  • Phil Collins
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Bela Fleck
  • Glenn Frey
  • Paul McCartney
  • Peter Nero
  • Lou Rawls

George Michael, left-handed British pop idol, was near-sighted and color-blind, and introverted. He’s quoted:  “The whole idea of being a physically attractive personality never really occurred to me.”






Lefty Composers

Here are some lefty composers:

  • Carl Philipp Emanuel (CPE) Bach
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • John Cage
  • Cole Porter
  • Sergei (or Sergey) Prokofiev
  • Sergei (or Sergey)  Rachmaninoff
  • Maurice Ravel
  • Robert Schumann

Cole (Albert) Porter (1891-1964) is an American composer and songwriter. Unlike most successful Broadway composers, he wrote both the lyrics and the music for his songs. His musicals include Fifty Million Frenchmen, Anything Goes and Can-Can. His numerous hit songs include “Night and Day,” “I Get a Kick out of You” and “I’ve Got You Under my skin.” He also composed scores for films from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his grandfather and took up music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn towards musical theatre. He achieved success in the 1920s, and by the 1930s he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway.

After a serious horseback riding accident in 1937, he continued to work despite constant pain. In 1947 he made a triumphant comeback with his most successful musical, Kiss Me, Kate.

If interested for profiles of other classical music composers, please visit Mozart and Classical Music.


Lefty Birthday, January 30

Lefty Celebrant, January 304>

Phil Collins, Musician, singer

Lefty Birthdays, December 8

Lefty Celebrants, December 8

Greg Allman, Musician

Kim Basinger, Actress

Lefty Birthdays

Dateline: Lefty Birthdays,  November 29

Lefty Birthday Celebrants:

  • Joel Coen, Director
  • Howie Mandel, Comedian
  • Chuck Mangione, Musician
  • Andrew McCarthy, Actor
  • Francis McDormand, Actress

Left Trumpet Player Chuck Mangione

Famous Left-hander birthday, November 29

Trumpet Player Chuck Mangione

Charles Frank “Chuck” Mangione was born on November 29, 1940, an American flugelhorn player and composer. He achieved international success in 1977 with his jazz-pop single, “Feels So Good.” Mangione has released many albums since the 1960s.

Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Mangione and his brother Gap, a pianist, led the Jazz Brothers group which recorded three albums for Riverside Records. He attended the Eastman School of Music from 1958 to 1963, and later joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

Chuck Mangione’s compositions include “Feels So Good”, “Hide and Seek”, “Hill Where the Lord Hides”, “Fun and Games”, “Give It All You Got”, “Land of Make Believe”, “Main Squeeze”, “Love Notes”, “Steppin’ Out”, “I Never Missed Someone Before”, “Last Dance”, “El Gato Triste”, and “Chase the Clouds Away”.


  • Chuck Mangione official website
  • Chuck Mangione at
  • Mangione Magic – The Music of Chuck Mangione

Lefty Musicians Trivia

Lefty Musician Trivia:

There is a belief that the right-brain orientation of lefties makes them more creative.

Some of the most successful lefthanders musicians include Natalie Cole, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Ringo Starr.

Lefty Birthday – polymath, scientist, engineer, artist, musician, writer Leonardo da Vinci

Famous lefty birthday, April 15

Italian polymath, scientist, inventor, artist, writer Leonardo da Vinci – famous for Mona Lisa and The Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci is famous for his masterful paintings Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and The Vitruvian Man.

Aside from being a painter, sculptor, engineer and architect, his notebooks also revealed he was a remarkable scientist and inventor. Interestingly, Leonardo da Vinci was constantly on the move between various Italian cities.

Childhood Life in Tuscan Town of Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 in the small Tuscan town of Vinci. Born illegitimate, his father had little time for him and he was mainly looked after by his grandparents and an uncle.

As a child, he proved extraordinarily gifted. He played the lyre and sang beautifully; he was also great at horse riding, and had a brilliant aptitude for mathematics. Anywhere he went, Leonardo da Vinci carried a notebook in which he wrote an account of his observations and sketched things that interested him.

Read full article — Leonardo da Vinci Moves to Italian Cities

Lefty Cellist Pablo Casals

Famous Lefthander Birthday, December 29

Cellist Pablo Casals

Pau Casals i Defilló  (December 29, 1876 – October 22, 1973), a Spanish Catalan cellist, and better known as Pablo Casals, was born in Catalonia, Spain. He later became a conductor.

Casals was an ardent supporter of the Spanish Republican government. After its defeat in 1939, he vowed not to return to Spain until democracy had been restored. 

Casals made many recordings of solo, chamber, and orchestral music, he is best remembered for the recording of his Bach Cello Suites he produced in the 1930s.

Lefty Musician Jimi Hendrix

Famous Lefthander Birthday, November 27

Musician Jimi Hendrix

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