There ain’t a soul alive who doesn’t love a story about someone earning everything they’ve got, especially when what they’ve got is a stellar career as a famous musician. That’s why today we’re taking a look at some musicians who were dealt a band hand or given a raw deal, but managed to come out on top and turn themselves into famous figures in the music industry. Whether it was a rough childhood, a Nazi occupation or a lost limb, everyone on this list had to overcome extreme adversity in order to achieve the heights of their careers, and damn if we aren’t tearing up over here thinking of all the hard work that went into overcoming these hard times. But there’s a happy ending, right? It all paid off! So here are 10 influential musicians who earned it the hard way.