Soul Legend Isaac Hayes Dead At 65
August 11, 2008 at 5:29 AM (PT)
Condolences to family, friends, and fans of Grammy and Oscar winning musician and former radio host ISAAC HAYES, who died SUNDAY afternoon at his MEMPHIS home at 65. HAYES was found unconscious on the floor of his bedroom next to a running treadmill.
HAYES joined STAX RECORDS in 1964 as a backup piano and sax player and began a fruitful writing partnership with DAVID PORTER which led to hits like "SOUL MAN," "I THANK YOU," and "HOLD ON, I'M COMING" for SAM AND DAVE and "B-A-B-Y" for CARLA THOMAS. His solo career took off with his second album "HOT BUTTERED SOUL" in 1969, followed by the theme and score for the movie "SHAFT," which reached the top of the charts and won the Oscar for best song in 1972. He later became known as the voice of "CHEF" on "SOUTH PARK" from 1997 through his departure in 2006 in a dispute over the show's mocking of Scientology, of which HAYES was a member, and appeared in several movies and TV shows. He was inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME in 2002.
On radio, HAYES handled mornings at EMMIS Urban AC WRKS (98.7 KISS FM)/NEW YORK in 1996-2001. More recently, he hosted evenings at CITADEL Urban Oldies WRBO (SOUL CLASSICS 103.5)/MEMPHIS.
HAYES also will appear in an upcoming movie, "SOUL MEN," which co-stars BERNIE MAC, who died FRIDAY. The film, about the reunion of a long-estranged singing duo played by MAC and SAMUEL L. JACKSON, includes HAYES appearing as himself and is set to open in theaters on NOVEMBER 14th.