Shut Yo Mouth…Soul Man Isaac Hayes, Dead at 65

10 Aug

Stax music legend, Isaac Hayes, has reportedly died from a “simultaneous” stroke and heart attack at his home in Memphis, TN. 

Known for the watershed album, Hot Buttered Soul, and the mega hit Shaft, Isaac Hayes became the savior of Stax Records when Otis Redding died in a plane crash in 1967.  Hayes started at Stax as a session musician for Redding and others, eventually taking the forefront in the early ’70s.  He was also a successful songwriter, writing the Sam & Dave hits, Hold on, I’m Comin’ and Soul Man, with writing partner David Porter.  He is considered a pioneer in Urban Contemporary and Rap music, adding “raps” or dialogue to many of his songs.

Most recently, Isaac Hayes was best known as “Chef” on Southpark and was working on the film Soul Man, with Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac, who also passed away yesterday.  Both will be missed.


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Posted by on August 10, 2008 in memorials, Otis Redding, Soul, the seventies


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3 responses to “Shut Yo Mouth…Soul Man Isaac Hayes, Dead at 65

  1. shrewspeaks

    August 10, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Wow…that’s a lot of blood clots. So sad.

    Possibly my favorite Issac Hayes moment

  2. spinshack

    August 10, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Man, I was sad about Bernie Mac, did not hear about Isaac yet. Nice look to the blog by the way.

  3. Colette

    August 11, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    RIP, Mr. Hayes.
    Frankly, I always felt musically ambivalent about Isaac Hayes. He took the Stax brand in such a different direction — this really ostentatious show bizzy thing, with him as a very gaudy black power/soul music savior. In that recent Stax documentary on PBS which MM wrote about way back there, it was really a turning point for the company and an end to its musical glory days.

    But I will always, forever be grateful to him for all those Sam & Dave hits! Mercy, mercy…..

    Here’s a great big hot-buttered soulful helping of Sam and Dave, with great songwriting and other contributions by Hayes:


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