View Full Version : RIP Issac Hayes

08-10-2008, 03:34 PM

(CNN) -- Soul singer and arranger Isaac Hayes, who won Grammy awards and an Oscar for the theme from the 1971 action film "Shaft," has died, sheriff's officials in Memphis, Tennessee, reported Sunday.

Singer Issac Hayes seen performing in the U.K. last year. Hayes was found dead Sunday at age 65.

Relatives found Hayes, 65, unconscious in his home next to a still-running treadmill, said Steve Shular, a spokesman for the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

Paramedics attempted to revive him and took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m., the sheriff's department said.

No foul play is suspected, the agency said in a written statement.

Hayes was a longtime songwriter and arranger for Stax Records in Memphis, playing in the studio's backup band and crafting tunes for artists such as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave in the 1960s.

He released his first solo album in 1967, and his 1969 follow-up, "Hot Buttered Soul," became a platinum hit.

In 1971, the theme from "Shaft" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks and won an Academy Award for best original theme song. The song and the movie score also won Grammy awards for best original score and movie theme.

Hayes won a third Grammy for pop instrumental performance with the title track to his 1972 "Black Moses" album.

From the late 1990s through 2006, Hayes provided the voice of "Chef" for Comedy Central's raunchy animated series "South Park," as well as numerous songs.

The role introduced him to a new generation of fans, but he left after the show lampooned his own religion, the Church of Scientology.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002

The Duke
08-10-2008, 04:17 PM
oh man, Shaft is one of my favorite movies ever, and it really made me appreciate this guy.


you will be missed :crying02:

08-10-2008, 11:10 PM
I'll miss you Chef.

08-11-2008, 08:38 AM



08-11-2008, 08:46 AM
A great loss for the music world as well as the city of Memphis. Funny how you think icons like him will go on living forever.
But the legacy he left will definitely go on.

RIP "Black Moses"

08-11-2008, 09:25 AM
He was great in Truck Turner. The Original Shaft (Hell, the whole trilogy) is filled with his music, which was outstanding soul from my favorite period of soul music.

We'll miss his genius.

08-11-2008, 03:04 PM
He was real popular with all of us over seas in the early 70s. A part of my history that is gone now .

tony hipchest
08-13-2008, 07:10 PM
VH1 is playing the movie, documentary "Wattstax". never seen it or even heard of it. looks worthy of a watch sometime. anyone got any reviews?

08-13-2008, 08:55 PM
I forget which one, but one of the channels on XM has been playing basically all Isaac Hayes songs for a while.

08-14-2008, 05:38 PM
VH1 is playing the movie, documentary "Wattstax". never seen it or even heard of it. looks worthy of a watch sometime. anyone got any reviews?

Its a live concert movie from Watts in like 1972. Ive seen it... more interesting for the crowd scenes and the interviews (Richard Pryor, the dude who played Issac on the Love Boat... I think before he was actor and more of an activist!)