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Soul Icon Isaac Hayes Dead At 65

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Keys called Hayes' effect on her "major."

"One of the reasons 'You Don't Know My Name' is six minutes and six seconds is because of Mr. Isaac Hayes," she once said on VH-1. "He's really changed the face of music in so many ways. . . . The way he just kind of extended songs to the point where they would be strings for three minutes before the song even began."

Hayes was born Aug. 20, 1942, in a tin shack in rural Covington, Tenn., the second child of Isaac and Eula Hayes. When he was about 18 months old, his mother died and his father left the family, so Hayes and his older sister were raised by his sharecropper grandparents.

At 5, he made his public singing debut in church.

Trying to pull themselves out of bitter poverty, his grandparents moved to Memphis when he was 6 but remained poor. To help support his family, Hayes alternated between going to school and working in the cotton fields on nearby plantations.

"I used to dream, just dream about being able to have a warm bed to sleep in and a nice square meal and some decent clothes to wear," Hayes told Ebony magazine in 1970.

For a while, Hayes lived on the streets after his grandfather became ill. Hayes spent one summer sleeping in empty cars in a junkyard, according to the 1972 edition of "Current Biography."

Self-conscious about his shabby clothes, he briefly dropped out of school in ninth grade to earn money to replace them. His teachers tracked him down and persuaded him to return to school.

A self-taught musician, he began to play piano, organ and saxophone. As a ninth-grader, Hayes won a school talent contest with his rendition of a song by Nat "King" Cole, whom he idolized.

By his late teens, Hayes was married and about to become a father, so he left school again to earn a living. But he earned his high school diploma in 1962 after attending classes at night.
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After leaving school, he started appearing with local R&B groups on the Memphis club circuit in a series of short-lived groups with such names as Sir Isaac and the Doo-Dads, the Teen Tones, and Sir Calvin and His Swinging Cats.

One evening, a friend asked him if he could play piano in her brother's band at a New Year's Eve party because he was away in the Air Force.

"I said, 'Sure,' even though the extent of my musical knowledge was 'Chopsticks' and 'Heart and Soul,' " Hayes said in the 1995 Chicago Tribune article. "I felt like I was heading for the Inquisition."

He was told the band sounded "pretty good," a compliment Hayes later attributed to the noisy, drunken clientele who "were gonna dance to anything." But it led to a regular gig that made Hayes confident enough in his piano playing to move on.

In the early 1960s, Stax Records hired Hayes as a session pianist and organist. He teamed up with Porter and began writing songs.

It took them "about a year to get in a groove," Hayes recalled in 2001 in the South Bend, Ind., Tribune.

Once they did, they penned about 200 songs, some of them R&B classics.

"We'd get together the night before a session to write, and we liked to have the artist present -- especially Sam & Dave -- because we fed off them," Hayes told the Chicago Tribune.

Hayes' early method of calling out chord changes to the musicians who were fanned out around him remained central to the way he worked.

"It was record-making at its most casual and rough-hewn, yet it produced hit after hit," Chicago Tribune rock critic Greg Kot wrote.

At the time, Hayes later recalled that "nobody had any idea that we were producing legendary stuff. We were getting a check and royalties and having fun and trying to impress girls."
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In 1967, he issued his debut solo LP, "Presenting Isaac Hayes," a "loose jazz-flavored effort" recorded in the early-morning hours after a raucous Stax party, according to the All Music Internet database.

Two years later, he broke through with his second album, "Hot Buttered Soul," considered adventurous for including only four -- albeit lengthy -- songs.

Unhappy with his royalty arrangement with Stax, Hayes had severed ties with the label by 1975 and started his own imprint, which didn't last.

After the 1975 album "Chocolate Chip," Hayes didn't release new material until "Love Attack" in 1986.

In the intervening years, he pursued acting, eventually appearing in more than 60 movies and television shows. He recently completed work on the film "Soul Men," with Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac. Mac died Saturday at age 50.

Through the Isaac Hayes Foundation, Hayes built a school in Ghana. The country recognized his humanitarian efforts by crowning him a king.

Hayes was married several times and had several children.





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Times staff writer Ari B. Bloomekatz contributed to this report.

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                "If you enjoy the fragrance of a rose, you must accept the thorns which it bears."


                   Isaac Hayes

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« Reply #19 on: August 11, 2008, 01:31:15 pm »

He was a bad muther....

Shut my mouth !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm talking about Isaac Hayes...

Can ya dig it !!!!!!!!!!!!

Our heartfelt prayers to his family and friends.
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