Monday, August 11, 2008

Isaac Hayes (1942-2008)

It is with great sadness that this site acknowledges the passing of the versatile artist Isaac Hayes, who was an accomplished singer, composer, actor and radio personality. Hayes came from humble beginnings in Covington, Tennessee to stardom in Hollywood. Hayes, along with his partner David Porter played a vital role in the meteoric rise of Stax records in the early 60s. Hayes and Porter penned almost all of the Sam and Dave hits: "Soul Man", "I Thank You", "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby", "Hold On, I'm Coming", "You Don't Know Like I Know" This duo also gave The Emotions their first big hit "So I Can Love Him". Lou Rawls had one of his biggest hits "Your Good Thing (Is About To End)" due to the efforts of the Hayes-Porter duo.
In the 70's Hayes stepped up to the mike. His initial album wasn't a commercial success, but the second one(Hot Buttered Soul), which included a reworking of Jimmy Webb's immortal hit "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" went platinum. This was followed by even bigger success. Hayes composed the soundtrack for the motion picture Shaft. The Theme from Shaft earned Hayes Grammys and an Oscar. After a long hiatus in 1980 Hayes revived his career as a singer with his rendition of the Jesse Stone classic "Don't Let Go" Later Hayes became a huge success playing the role of Chef in Comedy Central's South Park. He left that show because it lampooned his religion (Scientology). Hayes then went to New York City, where he successfully entered the world of morning radio.

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