CNN has the uplifting story of Levon Helm, the full time drummer and part time singer of Bob Dylan's former backing band, The Band. He had lost his voice from treatment of throat cancer but has slowly regained it and recently just completed a solo album.
The band gave everyone a chance on vocals and Levon was the lead on two of my favorites "Up On Cripple Creek" [the first ever Band song that I heard...I thought they were Lynyrd Skynyrd...it was not one of my proudest musical moments] and "Rag Mama Rag."
The Band -- Up On Cripple Creek
The Band -- Rag Mama Rag
Both songs can be found on The Bands Greatest Hits collection that is a must own for everyone.