Isaac Hayes
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Born in Covington, Tennessee august 20, 1942, died august 10, 2008 in Memphis.

He made his first session at Stax in 1963 as a saxophonist on Floyd Newman's "Frog Stomp" then stayed as a keyboardist, even replacing Booker T. Jones on MG's recordings. He was also a great composer and producer, along with David Porter. He 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, Sam and Dave, Carla Thomas and Johnnie Taylor in the 1960s.

Among the songs he wrote for Stax artists, often with his partner David Porter, were "Hold On, I'm Comin'," "Soul Man," "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" and "B-A-B-Y."

"Isaac Hayes embodies everything that's soul music," Collin Stanback, an A&R executive at Stax, told The Associated Press on Sunday. "

Hayes released his first solo album in 1967, and his 1969 follow-up, "Hot Buttered Soul," became a platinum hit. "Hot Buttered Soul" was notable for its lengthy, richly orchestrated covers of "Walk On By" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," and became a 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.

Hayes' other acting roles included "Tough Guys," "I'm Gonna Get You Sucka" and "Hustle & Flow." He played himself in the forthcoming "Soul Men," with Samuel L. Jackson. "Soul Men" also stars Bernie Mac, who died Saturday.

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



Shaft OST recording session (unissued)

Volt V-129 B Side - The Big Dipper by Sir Isaac & the Do-Dads (unreissued

San American 950 A side - Sweet Temptation (unreissued)

Isaac Hayes interview - 1971 (from Stax promo record, unreissued)



Volt 129 : Blue Groove / Big Dipper (under the name of Sir Isaac & The Do-Dads)
Enterprise 002 : Precious, Precious / Going To Chicago Blues
Enterprise 9003 : Walk On By / By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Enterprise 9006 : The Mistletoe And Me / Winter Snow
Enterprise 9017 : I Stand Accused / I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
Enterprise 9028 : The Look Of Love / Ike's Mood
Enterprise 9031 : I Can't Help It / Never Can Say Goodbye
Enterprise 9038 : Theme From Shaft / Cafe Regio's
Enterprise 9042 : Do Your Thing / Ellie's Love Theme
Enterprise 9045 : Soulsville / Let's Stay Together
Enterprise 9049 : Ain't That Loving You / Baby I'm A Want You (with David Porter)
Enterprise 9058 : Theme From The Men / Type Thang
Enterprise 9065 : (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right / Rolling Down A Mountainside
Enterprise 9085 : Joy Pt. I / Pt. II
Enterprise 9095 : Wonderful / Someone Made You For Me
Enterprise 9104 : Title Theme / Hang Up On My Baby

Stax 3209 : Feel Like Making Love Pt. I / Pt. II

To be also noted a promo one sided Volt single named "Theme From Waxie-Maxie" by Sir Isaac & The Do-Dads in the mid 60's. The recording was in fact The Dribble by The Mar-Keys, already issued on Stax.



Precious, Precious ; When I Fall In Love ; Medley (I Just Want To Make Love To You ; Rock Me Baby) ; Medley (Going To Chicago Blues ; Misty) ; You Don't Know Like I Know ; Precious, Precious (long version, on Fantasy CD re-issue only).  (reissued on CD)

HOT BUTTERED SOUL - ENTERPRISE 1001 : Walk On By/Hyperbolicsyllabicesquedalymistic//One Woman/By The Time I Get To Phoenix.  (reissued on CD)

THE ISAAC HAYES MOVEMENT - ENTERPRISE 1010 : I Stand Accused/One Big Unhappy Family//I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself/Something.  (reissued on CD)

TO BE CONTINUED - ENTERPRISE 1014 : Monologue: Ike's Rap I/Our Day Will Come/The Look Of Love//Medley: Ike's Mood I/You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'/Runnin' Out Of Fools.  (reissued on CD)

SHAFT - ENTERPRISE 5002 (2 LPs): Theme From Shaft/Bumpy's Lament/Walk From Regio's/Ellie's Love Theme/Shaft's Cab Ride//Café Regio's/Early Sunday Morning/Be Yourself/A Friend's Place.
Soulsville/No Name Bar/Bumpy's Blues/Shaft Strikes Again//Do Your Thing/The End Theme.
 (reissued on CD)


Never Can Say Goodbye/(They Long To Be) Close To You/Nothing Takes The Place Of You/Man's Temptation//Part Time Love/Medley: Ike's Rap IV-A Brand New Me/Going In Circles.

Never Gonna Give You Up/Medley: Ike's Rap II-Help Me Love/Need To Belong To Someone/Good Love 6-6999//Medley: Ike's Rap III-Your Love Is So Doggone Good/For The Good Times/I'll Never Fall In Love Again.  (reissued on CD)

LIVE AT THE SAHARA TAHOE - ENTERPRISE 5005 : Theme From Shaft/The Come On/Light My Fire/Ike's Rap V/Never Can Say Goodbye/Windows Of The World//The Look Of Love/Ellie's Love Theme/Use Me/Do Your Thing/Theme From The Men.  (reissued on CD)

JOY - ENTERPRISE 5007 : Joy/I Love You That's All//A Man Will Be A Man/The Feeling Keeps On Coming/I'm Gonna Make It (Without You).  (reissued on CD)

TOUGH GUYS - ENTERPRISE 7504 : Title Theme/Randolph And Dearborn/The Red Rooster/Joe Bell//Hung Up On My Baby/Kidnapped/Run Fay Run/Buns O'Plenty/The End Theme.  (reissued on CD)

TRUCK TURNER - ENTERPRISE 7507 (2 LPs) : Main Title "Truck Turner"/House Of Beauty/Blue's Crib/Driving In The Sun//Breakthrough/Now We're One/The Duke/Dorinda's Party.
Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile/We Need Each Other Girl/A House Full Of Girls/Hospital Shootout//You're In My Arms Again/Give It To Me/Drinking/The Insurance Company/End Theme.  (reissued on CD)

THE BEST OF ISAAC HAYES - ENTERPRISE 7510 : Walk On By/Ellie's Love Theme/I Stand Accused/Do Your Thing//Theme From Shaft/Never Can Say Goodbye/Joy, Part 1/By The Time I Get To Phoenix.  (reissued on CD)


WONDERFUL - CDSXE 112 : Ain't No Sunshine/Rolling Down A Mountainside/I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)/Wonderful/Someone Made You For Me/Ain't That Loving You/Baby I'm A Want You/The Mistletoe And Me/Winter Snow.

ULTIMATE ISAAC HAYES - Stax 3SCD 88043-2 : CD 1: Theme from Shaft; Precious, Precious; Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic, Ain’t That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One), Never Can Say Goodbye, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Soulsville, Wonderful, Help Me Love, Need to Belong to Someone, Good Love, The Look of Love, Do Your Thing, For the Good Times, I Stand Accused. CD 2: Walk On By, Joy (part 1), His Eye Is on the Sparrow, Brand New Me, If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don’t Want to Be Right), Someone Made You for Me, Baby I’m-A Want You, Let’s Stay Together, Theme from The Men, I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love With You), Title Theme (from Three Tough Guys), Run Fay Run, Chocolate Chip, Come Live With Me, Disco Connection, Rock Me Easy Baby (part 1), Medley: By the Time I Get to Phoenix/I Say a Little Prayer. DVD: Rolling Down a Mountainside, Theme from Shaft, Soulsville, Chocolate Salty Balls.

HOTBED - CDSXE 105: Use Me / I'm Gonna Have To Tell Her / The Ten Commandments Of Love / Feel Like Makin' Love/ Hobosac And Me.

See also the 3 CD Box Sets for the singles A sides and check Concord Records and Collectables Records for all Stax reissues and compilation CDs availability.