Monday, August 20, 2012

Happy Birthday: Isaac Hayes

Happy birthday to the late great Isaac Hayes (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008), the self-proclaimed "Black Moses" of Soul music who scored the soundtrack to the movie "Shaft" in 1971, along with other great albums of his own and a long list of songwriting credits for other artists, starting in the 1960's with his songwriting partner David Porter as in-house songwriters and producers for Stax Records.

Hayes was very influential in the southern soul movement and known for his developments of disco and rap. He's noted for his humanitarian aide in Ghana, which resulted in him being crowned as an honorary king of the Ada region. Hayes' deep baritone voice was also heard on the big screen and television for The Rockford Files (1974-1980), I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988), and the voice of "Chef" on the cartoon series South Park (1997 - 2005). To find out more about Isaac Hayes, visit

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