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B List: 10 Great Musicians We Lost in 2010

Today we continue our look back at the year that was with a list of 10 Great Musicians We Lost in 2010. We’ll feel the loss of these innovative artists for years to come and we wanted to pay our respects once more.

1. Captain Beefheart (1941 – 2010)

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Don “Captain Beefheart” Van Vilet, rock legend and artist, died from complications from multiple sclerosis last Friday. Captain Beefheart was an experimental musician who never conformed to anyone’s standards except his own right up until the time he left the industry in 1982 to focus on creating visual art. High school classmate Frank Zappa saw Van Vilet’s brilliance early on and signed the Captain to his Straight Records. Zappa produced the seminal double-album Trout Mask Replica in 1969, which landed the number 58 slot on Rolling Stone’s 2003 list of the 500 Best Albums of All-Time.

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