Isaac Hayes

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Isaac Lee Hayes Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, producer, and voice artist. 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 session musician and record producer, teaming with his partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. Hayes and Porter, along with 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 songs for themselves, the duo Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, and others. Hayes was also a 2002 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The 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 Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as one of the Songs of the Century. During the late 1960s, Hayes also began a career as a recording artist. 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). He voiced the character Chef from the animated Comedy Central series South Park from its debut in 1997 until 2005. 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 3
1969 Hot Buttered Soul Isaac Hayes 5 10
1970 ...To Be Continued Isaac Hayes 6
1970 The Isaac Hayes Movement Isaac Hayes 5 3
1971 Black Moses Isaac Hayes 5
1973 Joy Isaac Hayes 4 3
1975 Chocolate Chip Isaac Hayes 2
1975 Disco Connection Isaac Hayes 3
1975 Use Me Isaac Hayes 1
1976 A Man and a Woman Isaac Hayes & Dionne Warwick 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 3
1978 Hotbed Isaac Hayes 2
1979 Don't Let Go Isaac Hayes 2
1979 Royal Rappin's Millie Jackson & Isaac Hayes 2
1980 And Once Again Isaac Hayes 3
1981 Lifetime Thing Isaac Hayes 1
1986 U-Turn Isaac Hayes 1
1988 Love Attack Isaac Hayes 1
1995 Branded Isaac Hayes 1
1995 Raw & Refined Isaac Hayes Movement 1
2007 The Collection Isaac Hayes 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 This Is Isaac Hayes Isaac Hayes 1
1974 The Best Of Isaac Hayes Isaac Hayes 1
1986 The Best of Isaac Hayes, Volume 1 Isaac Hayes 1
1986 The Best of Isaac Hayes, Volume 2 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
1994 Wonderful Isaac Hayes 1
1995 The Collection Isaac Hayes 1
1996 The Best of Polydor Years 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
2001 The Man! The Ultimate Isaac Hayes 1969-1977 Isaac Hayes 1
2003 Instrumentals Isaac Hayes 1
2004 For the Sake of Love / Don't Let Go Isaac Hayes 1
2005 Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It? Isaac Hayes 3
2007 The Very Best Of 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
2008-07-03: Waterfront Park, Portland, OR, USA Isaac Hayes 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Shaft Isaac Hayes 5 10
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
1995 Black Moses: Old School Revival! Isaac Hayes 1
Shaft Isaac Hayes 1

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Theme From Shaft Isaac Hayes 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Greatest Hits Isaac Hayes 1
1995 Ike's Mood Isaac Hayes 1
Greatest Love Songs Isaac Hayes 1

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