Isaac Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American singer-songwriter, actor and musician.
Isaac was one of the main creative forces behind southern soul music label
Stax Records, where he served as both an in-house songwriter and producer with
partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. Isaac & Porter were named to the
Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of their string of successful
hit songs for Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas and others In the late 1960s. Their hit
song "Soul Man" by Sam & Dave has been recognized as one of the best or most
influential songs of the past 50 years by the Grammy Hall of Fame, The Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone magazine, and the RIAA Songs of the Century.
In the late 1960s, Isaac became a recording artist, and recorded successful soul albums such as Hot Buttered Soul (1969) and Black Moses (1971) as the Stax label's premier artist. In addition to his work in popular music, Isaac was a film score composer for motion pictures.
Isaac Hayes' best known work, for the 1971 blaxploitation film Shaft, earned
Isaac an Academy Award for Best Original Song (the first Academy Award received
by an African-American in a non-acting category) and two Grammy Awards. He
received a third Grammy for the album Black Moses.
In 1992, in recognition of his humanitarian work, Isaac Hayes was crowned an honorary king of Ghana's Ada district. Isaac also acted in motion pictures and television; from 1997 to 2006, Isaac Hayes provided the voice for the character "Chef" on the Comedy Central animated TV series South Park.
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