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Isaac Hayes


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Covington TN, United States (1942 – 2008)

Isaac Lee Hayes (born Aug 20, 1942, in Covington, Tennessee - died Aug 10, 2008, in Memphis, Tennessee) was an influential soul singer, songwriter, musician, producer, arranger, and actor. One of the key creative forces behind Memphis’ Stax Records, Hayes began his recording career in 1962, soon playing saxophone for The Bar-Kays. Hayes and writing partner David Porter would pen numerous hits for Stax artists such as Sam & Dave (“Hold On! I’m Comin’”, “Soul Man”) and Carla Thomas (“B-A-B-Y”) during the mid-1960s.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Hayes became famous as a recording artist in his own right, scoring with critically and commercially successful albums such as Hot Buttered Soul and Black Moses. Hayes is best known today for composing the score to the 1971 blaxploitation film Shaft. That film’s “Theme from Shaft” was one of the best-selling singles in Stax Records history, and Hayes became the first African-American to win an Oscar for a non-acting category when “Theme from Shaft” won the 1972 Academy Award for Best Song.

Isaac Hayes may be known to today’s youngest generation as the voice of the character “Chef”, the ladies’ man/school cook, on the animated sitcom South Park from 1997 until his resignation from the show in March 2006. While Hayes’ departure was tagged to a controversial South Park episode on Scientology that had supposedly offended him, Hayes rarely declared anything about the departure in first person.


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  • ruda_kulka

    Na bank pamiętasz tę scenę jak w La Haine typ Ciął nożem kości, leciał Isaac Hayes [2]

    3 Mar 1:19pm Reply
  • xenoprime

    В плане саунда он намного опередил своих коллег по цеху.

    2 Mar 4:55pm Reply
  • EdisonSankt

    definition of cool

    20 Feb 2:44pm Reply
  • Shadowlord39

    What the HELL happened to the similar artists?

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • shakedatthang

    I like miming Hayes' potential facial and bodily expressions when he's singing about heartbreak when I listen to his music.

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Fliz1

    You are missed.

    1 Jul 2013 Reply
  • soltanoMV

    Na bank pamiętasz tę scenę jak w La Haine typ Ciął nożem kości, leciał Isaac Hayes

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • HimitsuUK

    Aw yea

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • joe01

    Unforgettable master of Soul

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • PopKaa

    Hot Buttered Soul rules balls [2]

    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • IAJP

    all hail the KING

    14 Feb 2013 Reply

    I love Isaac Hayes and his Music deeply ..... I fell in Love when I heard his voice and his Music ..... When I saw Isaac perform in person - wow .... Never gonna give him up ...... No one sings a song like Isaac Hayes .....

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • guirobles

    I miss him deeply

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • smee85

    his 16min version of Ain't No Sunshine (Live) might be my all time favourite piece of music.

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • aarONE119

    GOD bless isaac hayes. RIP

    29 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Worstidever

    who cares about what bullshit he believed in? [2]

    5 Nov 2012 Reply
  • D-A-N-

    who cares about what bullshit he believed in?

    22 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Iuri_s3t

    rest in peace

    10 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Airwalker1990

    pretty crazy how many famous hiphop&rap songs used samples by him! what a great musician!

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Killed-By-Death

    It's a shame he joined that fruity little club just to let them scramble his brains

    31 May 2012 Reply
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