Soul Legend Isaac Hayes Dies at Age 65

JLBarrow • August 10, 2008 • No Comments

In what is turning out to be a sad weekend for Black entertainment soul legend Isaac Hayes has past at the age of 65, a day after comedian Bernie Mac died in a Chicago hospital. The contributions Hayes made to both soul, pop and hip-hop music can not be overstated. From Hot Buttered Soul to Shaft to Black Moses Hayes was an influence even to greats like Barry White.

A self-taught musician, he was hired in 1964 by Stax Records of Memphis as a backup pianist, working as a session musician for Otis Redding and others. He also played saxophone.

He began writing songs, establishing a songwriting partnership with David Porter, and in the 1960s they wrote such hits for Sam and Dave as “Hold On, I’m Coming” and “Soul Man.” All this led to his recording contract.

In 1972, he won another Grammy for his album “Black Moses.” Hayes composed film scores for “Tough Guys” and “Truck Turner” besides “Shaft.” He also did the song “Two Cool Guys” on the “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America” movie soundtrack in 1996.

As for Hip-Hop, the list of songs that have sampled Hayes is longer than a gas line during the 70s oil crisis. Everyone from Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel and Mary J Blige to MF Doom Ghostface and LL Cool J has sampled his music. Click HERE for a link at and for a complete account of Hayes’ death go to

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