Hit the Road, Jack: 10 More Notable Musical Deaths From the Past Decade

Looking back, this past decade wasn't too kind to rock and roll as a whole. We lost plenty of people who weren't exactly disgustingly huge as Michael Jackson or as monolithic as Johnny Cash. This decade took its share of people who were massively influential and iconic, but not on the grand world radar. It seemed like blues and punk rock took the biggest hits, with Lux Interior and John Lee Hooker both moving on to the next astral plane.

Ray Charles (June 10, 2004)

We promise we didn't forget about Mr. Charles. It is kinda hard to pack ten departed people from a decade awash in legendary passings. The seminal pianist and soul pioneer saw a marked resurgence in popularity after his death in June 2004, with his biopic Ray earning Jamie Foxx an Oscar and that fall's five-times platinum Genius Loves Company album topping the charts. The release paired Charles with modern artists like Diana Krall and Norah Jones, along with Elton John and James Taylor.

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Craig Hlavaty
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