Ray Charles got a helping hand with his last major album, 2004’s Genius Loves Company. Near the end of the soul singer’s five-decade career, he recorded a series of duets with such fellow luminaries as Elton John, Willie Nelson and B.B. King. After decades of sagging sales and mediocre reviews, the album, along with the 2004 biopic Ray, brought Charles’ music to the attention of a new generation, and both the movie and the album (which went triple platinum) were smash hits. Unfortunately, Charles didn’t get to enjoy the fruits of his renewed popularity. He died shortly before both works were released.