Isaac Hayes, whose “Theme From Shaft” won both Academy and Grammy awards, died
Sunday, August 10th, 2008 inside his home. He was 65.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
-- inducted 2002
Hayes was born in Covington, Tennessee, and raised in Memphis. The
beginning of his legendary career started when he signed on as a session
player with the fledgling Memphis-based Stax label.
such as "You Don't Know Like I Know," "Hold On, I'm
Coming," "You Got Me Hummin'," "When Something Is
Wrong with My Baby," "Soul Man," "I Thank You,"
"I Take What I Want" and "Wrap It Up," were made
famous by Sam & Dave. The Hayes/Porter team notched additional hit
records for artists Carla Thomas ("B-A-B-Y") and Mable John
and Lou Rawls ("Your Good Thing (is About to End)").
- 1967 - Released his first solo album, "Presenting
- 1969 - Isaac Hayes released the album
that was heard around the world, "Hot
"By the Time I Get to Phoenix" crosses over to the Top 40
on both R&B and Pop charts.
"Walk On By" rises to #13 on the R&B side.
- 1971 - The "Shaft"
soundtrack album propels Isaac Hayes' career well beyond
- 1972 - First African-American to win an Oscar
for Best Musical Score.
First African-American artist to have an album certified platinum.
From Shaft" also won a Golden Globe, two Grammys, the NAACP
Image Award and the Edison Award the highest award for music
Recorded the soundtracks for the series, "The Men,"
starring Robert Conrad, the concert film, "Wattstax" and
two feature films in which he starred as well, "Three Tough
Guys" and "Truck
Moses," featuring "Never Can Say Goodbye," which
reached double platinum.
at the Sahara Tahoe," certified gold.
- 1973 - Released "Joy,"
his final Stax/Enterprise album.
- 1974 - Hot Buttered Soul Records label
debuted (via ABC Records) with the "Chocolate
Chip" gold album, and R&B hit single of the same name,
followed by "Juicy Fruit."
- 1975 - Turned to comedy with the Canadian
production of "It Seemed Like a Good Idea At the Time"
(starring Stefanie Powers).
Did his share of television, playing "Rockfish" on the
James Garner series "The Rockford Files," and appearing on
"Hunter," "Miami Vice" and "The A-Team."
- 1976 - Produced an album by the Isaac Hayes
Final album for the Hot Buttered Soul label was "Groov-a-thon."
Teamed up with Paul Sorvino and Barry Bostwick in the TV movie
"Betrayed By Innocence," as well as co-starring with Ed
Marinaro in "The Sofia Conspiracy."
- 1977 - Completed his tenure with ABC, with
the recording of "A Man and A Woman" with
The album featured "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and
"Say a Little Prayer."
Produced albums with the Masqueraders and jazz great Donald Byrd,
and recorded with Linda Clifford and others.
Signed with Polydor Records and presented the New Horizon album.
- 1978 - The smash "Don't Let Go."
- 1979 - Recorded "Royal Rappin's"
with Millie Jackson.
Recorded two more for Polydor: the 1980 album "And Once Again"
and 1981's "Lifetime Thing."
- Late 1970's - Decided to try his hand at acting. He
started with "Truck
Turner" and "Three Tough Guys."
- 1986 - Released a new LP, "U-Turn."
Released the top-10 R&B single, "Ike's Rap/Hey Girl"
- 1988 - Isaac Hayes was featured with
an all-star cast in Keenan Ivory Wayans' comedy "I'm
Gonna Git You Sucka."
- 1992 - Became the international spokesman for
the World Literacy Crusade, in which he speaks to people everywhere
about the possibility of future hope, higher education, and
worthwhile employment, without the need for guns or violence. He has
continued these actions throughout the years and is still heavily
involved. He adopted a Harlem high school.
- 1993 - Appeared in Mel Brooks' "Robin
Hood: Men in Tights."
- 1996 - Released two LPs for Virgin's Point
Blank label, "Branded"
Co-wrote the soundtrack to "Beavis & Butthead Do America"
with Beavis & Butthead creator Mike Judge. This soundtrack, on
which he performed the movie's title track, went gold, in keeping
with the movie's success.
Hayes' other film credits include "Escape from New York"
with Kurt Russell, "Guilty as Charged" with Rod Steiger,
"Posse" with Mario Van Peebles, "It Could Happen to
You" starring Nicholas Cage, "Once Upon a Time When We
Were Colored," "Flipper" with Paul Hogan.
Appeared in and scored the soundtrack for Kevin Wilmott's "Ninth
- 1998 - "Chef
Aid," the South Park album was released on Columbia Records/American Recordings.
Isaac Hayes appeared in two special holiday episodes of
"The Hughleys," a special holiday/New Years Eve episode of
"Veronica's Closet" and the John Frankenheimer film,
- 2001 - Isaac Hayes is nominated to be
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The music and styling of the iconic Isaac Hayes
continues to impact and is widely sampled by today's biggest hip-hop,
rap, and R&B artists. Since 1990, his music has been sampled more
than 140 times by such artists as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, DJ Quick,
Cube, Destiny's Child, TLC, Tricky, MASE,
Portishead, Yo-Yo and the late TuPac and Notorious B.I.G. Meanwhile, everyone from
The Temptations to
the London Pops Orchestra has performed his music.
Hit songs include --
- Theme From Shaft
- Do Your Thing
- Don't Let Go
- Chocolate Chip
- Never Can Say Goodbye
- I Ain't Never
- Ike's Rap VIII
- Walk On By
- Theme From The Men
- Zeke The Freak
- Come Live With Me
- I Stand Accused
- Do You Wanna Make Love
- Out Of The Ghetto
- Thing For You
- Let's Stay Together
- You Never Cross My Mind
Isaac Hayes will be missed.
Remember him through all his many works that brought us joy.
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Genre -- R&B
60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s
Born: in Tennessee
Aug 20, 1942
Raised: in Tennessee