By Donielle Flynn
Roughly 10% of the world’s population is left-handed. Everydayhealth.com says that left-handed people are “more likely to be drawn to careers in the arts, music, sports, and information technology fields.” I don’t know if that’s true, but there certainly are some huge rock stars that are left-handed, most of which (but not all) are singers and drummers. I put together a list of 9 Left-Handed Rock Stars to celebrate Left-Handers Day (August 13th).
Ringo Starr sings and plays the drums and is left-handed. By the way, half of the Beatles were left-handed. Phil Collins is another example of a left-handed drummer and singer. He played hi-hat and bass drum with his left side. Scroll down to check out nine MORE rock stars that are left-handed or feel free to get a lesson in left-handed life first.
Only 10% are Left-Handed
I have a hard time believing only 10% of the population is left-handed since in my house, we are 4 for 4 on lefties. Growing up left-handed, I got to experience the right-handed desk where I had to turn half my body and use the desk space sideways to accommodate my left-handed writing. The outer edge of my hand and pinky were continually covered in pencil lead smears. I started turning my paper so I didn’t have to crook my wrist around so much when writing. Eventually, I straightened my wrist out and for decades I have written straight up.
I know. I’m weird. The history of left-handed people is also weird. Some data links the words “left” with a root meaning of “sinister,” “weak,” or “worthless.” That’s not nice. Phrases like “Two left feet” and “Out in left field” also exemplify the left side being out of sync. Today, I don’t think anyone gives a crap. We’re free to be left or right-handed without getting a ruler across the knuckles and told to do it the “right way.” These rockers all think (or thought) outside the box regardless of what was right… or left.