11 Influential Deaths of the 2000s

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11 Influential Deaths of the 2000s
The world brought us and took away some of most talented and gifted artists in R&B, like the legendary Michael Jackson and Ray Charles. Some were taken at a much younger age than others, like the young and beautiful Aaliyah and TLC member, Lisa Lopes, also known as Left-Eye. R&B music would not be where it's at without their contribution to it. We are left with their songs, influence in pop culture and even dance moves, like the funkiest of them all, James Brown, the Godfather of Soul.

Aaliyah (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001)
Sensational recording artist, model and actress, Aaliyah began her career at the age of twelve. She was the first artist in Billboard history to top the Billboard Hot 100 solely on airplay with her single, "Try Again." On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in an airplane crash in The Bahamas after filming the music video for the single "Rock the Boat."

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, Aaliyah

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, Aaliyah

11 Influential Deaths of the 2000s
The world brought us and took away some of most talented and gifted artists in R&B, like the legendary Michael Jackson and Ray Charles. Some were taken at a much younger age than others, like the young and beautiful Aaliyah and TLC member, Lisa Lopes, also known as Left-Eye. R&B music would not be where it's at without their contribution to it. We are left with their songs, influence in pop culture and even dance moves, like the funkiest of them all, James Brown, the Godfather of Soul.

Aaliyah (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001)
Sensational recording artist, model and actress, Aaliyah began her career at the age of twelve. She was the first artist in Billboard history to top the Billboard Hot 100 solely on airplay with her single, "Try Again." On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in an airplane crash in The Bahamas after filming the music video for the single "Rock the Boat."

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, tlc, left eye

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, tlc, left eye

Lisa Left-Eye Lopes (May 27, 1972 – April, 2002)
Multi-talented artist, Left-Eye, best known as a member of the R&B girl group TLC, was a rapper, singer, dancer, and songwriter. Lopes contributed her self-written raps to many of TLC's hit singles, including "No Scrubs", "Waterfalls", and "What About Your Friends." On April 25, 2002 she died in a car accident in La Cieba, Honduras.

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, lena horne

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, lena horne

Lena Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010)
Singer, actress, dancer and civil rights activist died this past Mother's Day. She appeared in a number of MGM musicals, most notably 'Cabin in the Sky,' but was never featured in a leading role because of her race. She had been blacklisted during the 1950s for her political views. In 1989, she was the recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, lena horne

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, lena horne

Teena Marie (March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010)
Marie was a protegee of funk artist Rick James. She played rhythm guitar, keyboards and congas, and also wrote, produced and sang. Her biggest hit was "Lover Girl" off the album Starchild, her best selling album. Other songs you may remember by her are "Oh La La La", "Square Biz" and "Portuguese Love."

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, lena horne

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, lena horne

Teddy Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010)
R&B soul singer and songwriter from Philadelphia passed away at the age of fifty-nine due to respiratory failure. Pendergrass first rose to fame as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 70's before his successful solo career at the end of the decade. The groups top hit was "If You Don't Know Me by Now," it reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, james brown

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, james brown

James Brown (May 5, 1933 – December 25, 2006)
Referred to as the Father of Soul, Brown has been recognized as one of the most iconic figures in the 20th century popular music. He was a prolific singer, songwriter, and dancer known to be a pivotal force in the music industry. He holds the record as the artist who charted the most singles on the Billboard Hot 100 without ever hitting number one on the chart.

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, gerald levert

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, gerald levert

Gerald Levert (July 13, 1966 – November 10, 2006)
He was an R&B singer, producer, actor and part of the groups LSG and LeVert. LeVert's four of the seven albums went platinum. He died at the age of forty; initial reports mention the reason to be a heart attack, later reports say the death was caused by a fatal combination of prescription narcotics and over the counter drugs.

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, Luther Vandross

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross (April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005)
Vandross was an R&B and soul singer-songwriter, and record producer. During his career, Vandross sold over twenty-five million albums and won eight Grammy Awards including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance four times. He won four Grammy Awards in 2004 including the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for the track "Dance with My Father."

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, Isaac Hayes

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008)
Hayes was one of the creative geniuses behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a record producer, teaming with his partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. Hayes is well known for his musical score for the film Shaft. He died from a stroke the day before his 66th birthday.

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, ray charles

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, ray charles

Ray Charles (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004)
He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm & blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company. At the age of 73 he died of liver cancer.

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, Michael Jackson, The King o

Ten Influential Deaths of the 2000s, Michael Jackson, The King o

Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)
The King of Pop, creator of the moonwalk, and the most successful entertainer of all time died in June 2009. His death created the largest public mourning since the death of Princess Diana. His contribution to music, dance and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades

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