Isaac Hayes

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Also performs as: Isaac Hayes Movement


Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and producer. Hayes was one of the creative forces behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a record producer, teaming with his partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. Hayes, Porter, Bill Withers, the Sherman Brothers, Steve Cropper, and John Fogerty were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of writing scores of notable songs for themselves, the duo Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, and others. Hayes is also a 2002 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The hit song "Soul Man", written by Hayes and Porter and first performed by Sam & Dave, has been recognized as one of the most influential songs of the past 50 years by the Grammy Hall of Fame. It was also honored by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by Rolling Stone magazine, and by the RIAA as one of the Songs of the Century. During the late 1960s, Hayes also began recording music and he had several successful soul albums such as Hot Buttered Soul (1969) and Black Moses (1971). In addition to his work in popular music, he worked as a composer of musical scores for motion pictures.

He was well known for his musical score for the film Shaft (1971). For the "Theme from Shaft", he was awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1972. He became the third African-American, after Sidney Poitier and Hattie McDaniel, to win an Academy Award in any competitive field covered by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He also won two Grammy Awards for that same year. Later, he was given his third Grammy for his music album Black Moses.

In recognition of his humanitarian work there Hayes was crowned honorary king of the Ada, Ghana region in 1992. He acted in motion pictures and television, such as in the movies Truck Turner and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, and as Gandolf "Gandy" Fitch in the TV series The Rockford Files (1974–1980). From 1997 to 2005, he lent his distinctive, deep voice to the character "Chef" on the animated TV series South Park. His influences were Percy Mayfield, Big Joe Turner, James Brown, Jerry Butler, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and psychedelic soul groups like The Chambers Brothers and Sly and the Family Stone.

On August 5, 2003, Hayes was honored as a BMI Icon at the 2003 BMI Urban Awards for his enduring influence on generations of music makers. Throughout his songwriting career, Hayes received five BMI R&B Awards, two BMI Pop Awards, two BMI Urban Awards and six Million-Air citations. As of 2008, his songs generated more than 12 million performances.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Presenting Isaac Hayes Isaac Hayes 2
1969 Hot Buttered Soul Isaac Hayes 5 9
1970 To Be Continued Isaac Hayes 3
1971 Black Moses Isaac Hayes 5
1973 Joy Isaac Hayes 2
1975 Chocolate Chip Isaac Hayes 2
1975 Use Me Isaac Hayes 1
1976 A Man and a Woman Isaac Hayes & Dionne Warwick 1
1976 Disco Connection Isaac Hayes 1
1976 Groove-A-Thon Isaac Hayes 2
1976 Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak) Isaac Hayes 2
1977 New Horizon Isaac Hayes 2
1978 For the Sake of Love Isaac Hayes 1
1978 Hotbed Isaac Hayes 1
1979 Don't Let Go Isaac Hayes 2
1979 Royal Rappin's Millie Jackson & Isaac Hayes 1
1980 And Once Again Isaac Hayes 2
1981 Lifetime Thing Isaac Hayes 1
1985 Instrumentals Isaac Hayes 1
1986 U-Turn Isaac Hayes 1
1995 Branded Isaac Hayes 1
2002 ...To Be Continued Isaac Hayes 1
For the Sake of Love / Don't Let Go Isaac Hayes 1
Love Attack Isaac Hayes 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 The Best of Isaac Hayes, Volume 1 Isaac Hayes 1
1988 Isaac's Moods: The Best of Isaac Hayes Isaac Hayes 1
1991 Greatest Hit Singles Isaac Hayes 2
1993 The Very Best Of Isaac Hayes 1
1995 The Collection Isaac Hayes 1
1998 Best of Isaac Hayes Isaac Hayes 1
2000 Ultimate Collection Isaac Hayes 1
2000 Best of Isaac Hayes: XL Isaac Hayes 1
2005 Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It? Isaac Hayes 2
2007 The Very Best Of Isaac Hayes 1
The Best of Isaac Hayes, Volume 2 Isaac Hayes 1
The Best of Polydor Years Isaac Hayes 1
The Man! The Ultimate Isaac Hayes 1969-1977 Isaac Hayes 1
This Is Isaac Hayes Isaac Hayes 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Live at the Sahara Tahoe Isaac Hayes 1
2003 Isaac Hayes at Wattstax Isaac Hayes 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Shaft Isaac Hayes 5 9
1974 Three Tough Guys Isaac Hayes 1
1974 Truck Turner Isaac Hayes 2
1993 Double Feature (Tough Guys - Truck Turner) Isaac Hayes 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 The Mistletoe and Me / Winter Snow Isaac Hayes 1
1971 Theme From Shaft Isaac Hayes 2
1972 Ain't That Loving You / Baby I'm-A Want You Isaac Hayes & David Porter 1
1972 Theme From The Men / Type Thang Isaac Hayes 1
1973 (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right / Rolling Down a Mountainside Isaac Hayes 1
1974 Wonderful / Someone Made You for Me Isaac Hayes 1

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