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Isaac Hayes

Few figures exerted greater influence over the music of the 1960s and 1970s than Isaac Hayes; after laying the groundwork for the Memphis soul sound through his work with Stax-Volt Records, Hayes began a highly successful solo career which predated not only the disco movement but also the evolution of rap.

Hayes was born on August 20, 1942, in Covington, TN; his parents died during his infancy, and he was raised by his grandparents. After making his public debut singing in church at the age of five, he taught himself piano, organ, and saxophone before moving to Memphis to perform on the city's club circuit in a series of short-lived groups like Sir Isaac and the Doo-Dads, the Teen Tones, and Sir Calvin and His Swinging Cats. In 1962, he began his recording career, cutting sides for a variety of local labels.

Two years later, Hayes began playing sax with the Mar-Keys, which resulted in the beginning of his long association with Stax Records. After playing on several sessions for Otis Redding, Hayes was tapped to play keyboards in the Stax house band, and eventually established a partnership with songwriter David Porter. Under the name the Soul Children, the Hayes-Porter duo composed some 200 songs, reeling off a string of hits for Stax luminaries like Sam & Dave (the brilliant "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby," "Soul Man," and "Hold on, I'm Comin'"), Carla Thomas ("B-A-B-Y"), and Johnnie Taylor ("I Got to Love Somebody's Baby," "I Had a Dream").

In 1967, Hayes issued his debut solo LP Presenting Isaac Hayes, a loose, jazz-flavored effort recorded in the early-morning hours following a raucous Stax party. With the release of 1969's landmark Hot Buttered Soul, he made his commercial breakthrough; the record's adventuresome structure (comprising four lengthy songs), ornate arrangements, and sensual grooves -- combined with the imposing figure cut by his shaven head, omnipresent sunglasses, and fondness for gold jewelry -- made Hayes one of the most distinctive figures in music.

After a pair of 1970 releases, The Isaac Hayes Movement and To Be Continued, he reached his commercial zenith in 1971 with the release of Shaft, the score from the Gordon Parks film of the same name. Not only did the album win Hayes an Academy Award for Best Score (the first African-American composer to garner such an honor), but the single "Theme from Shaft," a masterful blend of prime funk and pre-rap monologues, became a number one hit.

After 1971's superb Black Moses and 1973's Joy, Hayes composed two 1974 soundtracks, Tough Guys and Truck Turner (in which he also starred). By 1975, relations with Stax had disintegrated following a battle over royalties, and soon he severed his ties with the label to form his own Hot Buttered Soul imprint. Although both 1975's Chocolate Chip and 1976's Groove-a-Thon went gold, his records of the period attracted considerably less attention than prior efforts; combined with poor management and business associations, Hayes had no choice but to file for bankruptcy in 1976.

After the 1977 double-LP A Man and a Woman, recorded with Dionne Warwick, Hayes began a comeback on the strength of the hit singles "Zeke the Freak," "Don't Let Go." and "Do You Wanna Make Love." Following the success of his 1979 collection of duets with Millie Jackson titled Royal Rappins, he issued a pair of solo records, 1980's And Once Again and 1981's Lifetime Thing before retiring from music for five years. After returning in 1986 with the LP U Turn and the Top Ten R&B hit "Ike's Rap," Hayes surfaced two years later with Love Attack before again dropping out of music to focus on acting.

In 1995, fully enshrined as one of the forefathers of hip-hop and newly converted to Scientology, Hayes emerged with two concurrent releases, the vocal Branded and instrumental Raw and Refined. Under the official name Nene Katey Ocansey I, he also served as a member of the royal family of the African nation of Ghana while continuing simultaneous careers as an actor, composer, and humanitarian. In 1997, Hayes provided the voice of what was slated to be a one-time character on the animated series South Park -- Jerome "Chef" McElroy, the main characters' favorite school cafeteria worker. Hayes was an instant hit, and Chef became a regular character on the show, lending advice and, oftentimes, breaking into songs that gently sent up Hayes' image as one of R&B's ultimate love men.

South Park made Hayes more visible than ever and cemented his status as an icon with a whole new generation. He contributed the infamous "Chocolate Salty Balls" to the South Park tie-in album Chef Aid, and naturally appeared in the film South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut. (He left the show only after an episode made fun of Scientology.) In 2000, Hayes revisited his biggest triumph of the past by appearing in the remake of Shaft starring Samuel L. Jackson. The following year, he supported Alicia Keys as a musician and arranger on her acclaimed debut, Songs in A Minor. Although he recorded little during the 2000s, he appeared in many films, including 2004's Hustle and Flow. Hayes was in ill health on August 10, 2008, when he collapsed at his home in Memphis and was pronounced dead later that day of a stroke due to high blood pressure. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It?

Disc 1

1. Shaft

2. Precious, Precious

3. Hyperbolicsyllabic-Sesquedalymistic

4. Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)

5. Never Can Say Goodbye

6. By The Time I Get To Phoenix

7. Soulsville

8. Wonderful

9. Help Me Love

10. Need To Belong To Someone

11. Good Love

12. The Look Of Love

13. Do Your Thing

14. For The Good Times

15. I Stand Accused

Disc 2

1. Walk On By

2. Joy (Part 1)

3. His Eye Is On the Sparrow

4. Brand New Me

5. If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want to Be Right)

6. Someone Made You for Me

7. Baby I'm-A Want You

8. Let's Stay Together

9. Theme From The Men

10. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)

11. Title Theme (From Three Tough Guys)

12. Run Fay Run

13. Chocolate Chip

14. Come Live With Me

15. Disco Connection

16. Rock Me Easy Baby (Part 1)

17. Medley: By The Time I Get To Phoenix / I Say A Little Prayer

Disc 3
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Track List: Ultimate Collection

1. Theme From Shaft

2. Never Can Say Goodbye

4. Do Your Thing

5. Walk On By

6. Joy - Pt 1

7. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight

8. Out Of The Ghetto

9. Chocolate Chip

10. A Few More Kisses To Go

11. Don't Let Go

12. Moonlight Lovin (Menage A Trois)

13. It's Heaven To Me

16. Birth Of Shaft

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Track List: The Best Of The Polydor Years

1. Moonlight Lovin' (Menage A Trois)

2. Zeke Freak

3. Out Of The Ghetto

4. Don't Let Go

5. What Does It Take

6. A Few More Kisses To Go

7. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight

8. You Can't Hold Your Woman

9. It's All In The Game

10. Wherever You Are

11. Lifetime Thing

12. It's Heaven To Me

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Track List: Truck Turner

Disc 1

1. Breakthrough

2. Now We're One

3. The Duke

4. Dorinda's Party

5. Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile

6. We Need Each Other Girl

7. A House Full Of Girls

8. Hospital Shootout

9. You're In My Arms Again

10. Give It To Me

11. Drinking

12. The Insurance Company

13. End Theme

Disc 2
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Track List: Love Attack

1. Love Attack

2. Lem Em Be Your Everything

3. Showdown

4. Eye Of The Storm

5. Accused Rap

6. I Stand Accused '88

7. She's Got A Way

8. Foreplay Rap

9. Love Won't Let Me Wait

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Track List: Best Of - Volume 1

1. Theme From "Shaft"

3. Walk On By

5. Do Your Thing

6. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right

7. I Stand Accused

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Track List: Chocolate Chip

1. That Loving Feeling

2. Body Language

3. Chocolate Chip

4. Chocolate Chip (Instrumental)

5. I Want To Make Love To You So Bad

6. Come Live With Me

7. I Can't Turn Around

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Track List: To Be Continued

1. Monologue: Ike's Rap I

2. Our Day Will Come

3. The Look Of Love

4. Medley: Monologue; You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin

5. Runnin' Out Of Fools

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Track List: The Isaac Hayes Movement

1. I Stand Accused

2. One

3. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

4. Something

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Track List: Hot Buttered Soul

1. Walk On By

2. Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic

3. One Woman

4. By The Time I Get To Phoenix

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Track List: Black Moses

Disc 1

1. Never Can Say Goodbye

2. (They Long To Be) Close To You

3. Nothing Can Take The Place Of You

4. Man's Temptation

5. Part-Time Love

6. Medley: Ike's Rap IV - A Brand New Me

7. Going In Circles

Disc 2

1. Never Gonna Give You Up

2. Medley: Ike's Rap II - Help Me Love

3. Need To Belong To Someone

4. Good Love

5. Medley: Ike's Rap III - Your Love Is So Doggone Good

6. For The Good Times

7. I'll Never Fall In Love Again

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Track List: Three Tough Guys

1. Title Theme

2. Randolph & Dearborn

3. The Red Rooster

4. Joe Bell

5. Hung Up On My Baby

6. Kidnapped

7. Run Fay Run

8. Buns O' Plenty

9. The End Theme

10. Main Title (Truck Turner)

11. House Of Beauty

12. Blue's Crib

13. Driving In The Sun

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Shaft is a number 1 music in the America history,the all of shaft's movies.if you'll don't down with that,you better. Shut your mouth!!!...
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That's a heavy sound i can dig, gimmie five somebody about to get thier panties raided!!!
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shut yo' mouth! who's the baddest cat that won't come out! Always love this part. RIP Isaac Hayes.
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He made the best rendition of By The Time I Got to Phoenix ever made!
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grandmother1 9 5 6
On Cafe Reggios Issac guitar skills and his sax skills on Let's Stay Together,tal k about classics.
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Say iPhone 5 times post this on two other songs than look under your pillow there will be a pink or yellow iPhone
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Nobody knows......W h y the U.S. INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICEpicke d on 'Black Moses'.....o r MC HAMMER for the audits....bu t . . . . . t h e y did......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Isaac Hayes was a musical genius....a versatile musician.
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Man, The hot buttered soul album was the stuff. I use to play that til it warped lol. I wish I can find it on cd
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Man! That jam on 'Hyperbolic. . .' is some funk and jazz interplay at it's best yo.
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Isaacs recording of "For The Good Times " is first class.
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When you don't know.What to say.When you don't Know what to do.SIMPLY... . . , , , W A L K - O N - B Y ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Play it again
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I agree with this message. Easy let it just happen
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Makes me want to make sweet love down by the fire...
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Hot Buttered Soul. Good stuff. And who can ever forget that album cover.
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10/4 Mr. Man
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A Brother in deed AHEAD OF HIS TIME......., s o please...... a l l you self-describ e d .
YOUNG GENIUS's take heed......&. . . . . . . . . ( s l o w - t h e - r o l l ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . o - k - a - y ?
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Deep and very romantic lyric's. RIP
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amye45
They should have mentioned the movie Wattstax of which he was the headlining act. A very good movie if you like history and especially music history.
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amye45
He was a Scientologis t not Islamic. And Chef was on South Park not the Simpsons!
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He was one of the best recording artis I heard back when I was growing up and I love every song he made he is very missed by lot and lots of people's
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Isaac Hayes is the real icon of stax artist,the hall of fame,the actor,the world around of black Moses.
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Just beautiful, he can keep me going in circles all day!!!
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strobeling
Mr. Hayes set the bar for the music industry, and that bar has been untouched. Reached for, but untouched.
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tlynch914
Walk on By is my absolute favorite. I love Ike's voice forever and ever!
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malinda.flow e r s
Have always loved this one. I see why Public Enemy sampled the heck ouf this for Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos.
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malinda.flow e r s
I can see why Public Enemy sampled this for Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos. So dope!
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The long version of "by the time I get to Phoenix " gets me every time.
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Set my soul free. Brand new me, the words are just lovely, I can talk about, it's meanings, it's deep, and cover you mind, heart, body, it relax you your whole being from the stress of this life. It like coming home and closing the door, leaving all that
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andrew.mata1 3
"Walk on by " & "The look of love" are to me some of the best. Rest in paradise to a legend. Todays music will never compare to the past generations never!
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Between Issac Hayes version of this song and Dionne Warwick's version, his is the best even though I love them both!
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Right on
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I just got done watching soul men with black Moses and Bernie Mac this some good music
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My old school
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So good
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Isaac Hayes is a icon, his voice is strong and tender, it's not just the song he sings, it's from someplace deep within
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Love his music his voice sexy too
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aarobinson19 6 3
He was a bad mother shut your mouth
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When the Stax Records all time great black Moses as we know Isaac Hayes the great
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Black Moses, RIP.
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My best song is shaft.isaac Hayes is the hall of fame.and true unsung hero.we miss you.r.i.p.
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Happy ,Thanksgivin g and I stand accused """!! Of loving a good man"!!!.
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The definition of a Musical Legend **** (R.I.P)
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R i p m r Hayes was a legend well deserved all kinds of awards.
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Play Isaac Hayes
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Can You Dig It!!
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Issac Hayes was the man...WHAT AM I SAYING....HE ' S STILL THE MAN. His music will never die and neither will his legacy. R.I.P. Black Moses.
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That music....the y don't do it like this anymore
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