Scatman John deserves way more respect/notoriety than he got during life: turning a disability/weakness into a strength is one of the most impressive and praise-worthy things a person can accomplish as a human being, imo
(for those who don‘t know who this is, it’s this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cnQCk0u49w&ob=av2e)
And for those who don’t know what I mean by this, he had an extreme case of stuttering that plagued him most of his life, until he turned it into the ability to scat sing (aka, the ski ba bop da dop bop part of the song) extremely fast/skillfully.
Add on top of that, that even though he achieved world-wide fame and success, he never let it get to his head, and even when afflicted with cancer he still continued to be positive about things.
Most of his songs were about beating adversity and beating your weaknesses, without being cheesy, corny, or condescending, which is a pretty damn rare thing to see in music lyrically.
Seriously one of the very, very few people I consider to be a hero personally, haha