Monday, 11 August 2008

Isaac Hayes (1942-2008)

Isaac Hayes has passed away.
Known to most for his Oscar winning ‘Theme from Shaft’, Hayes was major in the soul music machine in the 60’s.
Along with his partner David Porter, Hayes wrote a grip of amazing songs for Sam & Dave, including ‘Soul Man’, ‘Hold On I’m Comin’, ‘You Don’t Know Like I Know’ or ‘I Thank You’ as well as ‘B-A-B-Y- for Carla Thomas.
Hayes later stepped out from behind the scenes for a very successful solo career.
The peak of this period was 1969s ‘Hot Buttered Soul’ and its epic reworking of the Bacharach/David classic ‘Walk On By’. Hayes removes the song from the elegant pathos of the Dionne Warwick version, drenches it in a quiet storm of strings and tasteful horns, all set against a tripped out fuzz guitar motif. Hayes’ ‘Walk on By’ is one of the finest soul records of all time. It was a Top 20 hit in the Fall of 1969, his biggest hit until ‘Shaft’ in 1971.
(and yes, he was the voice of 'chef' in South Park...)

Isaac Hayes - Walk on by

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