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Isaac Hayes

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Isaac Hayes


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Few figures exerted greater influence over the music of the 1960s and 1970s than Isaac Hayes; after laying the groundwork for the Memphis soul sound through his work with Stax-Volt Records, Hayes began a highly successful solo career which predated not only the disco movement but also the evolution of rap.

Hayes was born on August 20, 1942, in Covington, TN; his parents died during his infancy, and he was raised by his grandparents. After making his public debut singing in church at the age of five, he taught himself piano, organ and saxophone before moving to Memphis to perform on the city's club circuit in a series of short-lived groups like Sir Isaac and the Doo-Dads, the Teen Tones, and Sir Calvin and His Swinging Cats. In 1962, he began his recording career, cutting sides for a variety of local labels.

Two years later, Hayes began playing sax with the Mar-Keys, which resulted in the beginning of his long association with Stax Records. After playing on several sessions for Otis Redding, Hayes was tapped to play keyboards in the Stax house band, and eventually established a partnership with songwriter David Porter. Under the name the Soul Children, the Hayes-Porter duo composed some 200 songs, reeling off a string of hits for Stax luminaries like Sam & Dave (the brilliant "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby," "Soul Man," and "Hold On, I'm Comin'"), Carla Thomas ("B-A-B-Y,") and Johnnie Taylor ("I Got to Love Somebody's Baby," "I Had a Dream").

In 1967, Hayes issued his debut solo LP Presenting Isaac Hayes, a loose, jazz-flavored effort recorded in the early-morning hours following a raucous Stax party. With the release of 1969's landmark Hot Buttered Soul, he made his commercial breakthrough; the record's adventuresome structure (comprising four lengthy songs), ornate arrangements, and sensual grooves � combined with the imposing figure cut by his shaven head, omnipresent sunglasses, and fondness for gold jewelry � made Hayes one of the most distinctive figures in music.

After a pair of 1970 releases, The Isaac Hayes Movement and To Be Continued, he reached his commercial zenith in 1971 with the release of Shaft, the score from the Gordon Parks film of the same name. Not only did the album win Hayes an Academy Award for Best Score (the first African-American composer to garner such an honor), but the single "Theme From 'Shaft,'" a masterful blend of prime funk and pre-rap monologues, became a number one hit.

After 1971's superb Black Moses and 1973's Joy, Hayes composed two 1974 soundtracks, Tough Guys and Truck Turner (in which he also starred). By 1975, relations with Stax had disintegrated following a battle over royalties, and soon he severed his ties with the label to form his own Hot Buttered Soul imprint. Although both 1975's Chocolate Chip and 1976's Groove-a-Thon went gold, his records of the period attracted considerably less attention than prior efforts; combined with poor management and business associations, Hayes had no choice but to file for bankruptcy in 1976.

After the 1977 double-LP A Man and a Woman, recorded with Dionne Warwick, Hayes began a comeback on the strength of the hit singles "Zeke the Freak," "Don't Let Go" and "Do You Wanna Make Love." Following the success of his 1979 collection of duets with Millie Jackson titled Royal Rappins, he issued a pair of solo records, 1980's And Once Again and 1981's Lifetime Thing before retiring from music for five years. After returning in 1986 with the LP U Turn and the Top Ten R&B hit "Ike's Rap," Hayes surfaced two years later with Love Attack before again dropping out of music to focus on acting.

In 1995, fully enshrined as one of the forefathers of hip-hop and newly converted to Scientology, Hayes emerged with two concurrent releases, the vocal Branded and instrumental Raw and Refined. Under the official name Nene Katey Ocansey I, he also served as a member of the royal family of the African nation of Ghana while continuing simultaneous careers as an actor, composer, and humanitarian. In 1997, Hayes provided the voice of what was slated to be a one-time character on the animated series South Park � Jerome "Chef" McElroy, the main characters' favorite school cafeteria worker. Hayes was an instant hit, and Chef became a regular character on the show, lending advice and, oftentimes, breaking into songs that gently sent up Hayes' image as one of R&B's ultimate love men.

South Park made Hayes more visible than ever and cemented his status as an icon with a whole new generation. He contributed the infamous "Chocolate Salty Balls" to the South Park tie-in album Chef Aid, and naturally appeared in the film South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut. In 2000, Hayes revisited his biggest triumph of the past by appearing in the remake of Shaft starring Samuel L. Jackson. The following year, he supported Alicia Keys as a musician and arranger on her acclaimed debut Songs in A Minor. He died Sunday, August 10, 2008 in Memphis, Tennessee.

-- by Jason Ankeny of All Music Guide.

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1967Presenting: Isaac Hayes
1969Hot Buttered Soul
1970 . . . To Be Continued
1970The Isaac Hayes Movement
1971Black Moses
1972In The Beginning
1973Live At The Sahara Tahoe
1974Tough Guys
1974Truck Turner
1975Chocolate Chip
1976Disco Connection
1976Juicy Fruit
1977A Man And A woman
1977New Horizon
1978For The Sake Of Love
1979Don�t Let Go
1980And Once Again
1980Royal Rappins
1981Lifetime Thing
1988Love Attack
1995Raw And Refined


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1967 Presenting: Isaac Hayes

01. Precious, Precious
02. When I Fall In Love
03. Medley: I Just Want To Make Love To You, etc
04. Medley: Going To Chicago Blues/Misty
05. You Don't Know Like I Know
06. Precious, Precious(reprise)

1969 Hot Buttered Soul

01. Walk On By
02. Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic
03. One Woman
04. By The Time I Get To Phoenix

1970 . . . To Be Continued

01. Monologue: Ike's Rap I
02. Our Day Will Come
03. The Look Of Love
04. Medley: Monologue/Ikes Mood, etc.
05. Running Out Of Fools

1970 The Isaac Hayes Movement

01. I Stand Accused
02. One Big Unhappy Family
03. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
04. Something

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1971 Black Moses

01. Never Can Say Goodbye
02. (they long to be)Close To You
03. Nothing Takes The Place Of You
04. Man's Temptation
05. Part-Time Love
06. Medley: Ike's Rap IV/Brand New Me
07. Going In Circles
08. Never Gonna Give You Up
09. Ike's Rap II/Help Me Love
10. Need To Belong To Someone
11. Good Love
12. Medley: Ike's Rap III/Your Love Is So Doggone Good
13. For The Good Times
14. I'll Never Fall In Love Again

1971 Shaft

01. Theme From Shaft(vocal version)
02. Bumpy's Lament
03. Walk From Regio's
04. Ellie's Love Theme
05. Shaft's Cab Ride
06. Caf� Regio's
07. Early Sunday Morning
08. Be Yourself
09. A Friend's Place
10. Soulsville(vocal version)
11. No Name Bar
12. Bumpy's Blues
13. Shaft Strikes Again
14. Do Your Thing(vocal version)
15. The End Theme

1972 In The Beginning

1973 Joy

01. Joy
02. I Love You That's All
03. A Man Will Be A Man
04. The Feeling Keeps On Coming
05. I'm Gonna Make It (without you)

1973 Live At The Sahara Tahoe

01. Theme From Shaft
02. The Come On
03. Light My Fire
04. Ike's Rap V
05. Never Can Say Goodbye
06. Windows Of The World
07. The Look Of Love
08. Ellie's Love Theme
09. Use Me
10. Do Your Thing
11. Theme From The Men
12. It's Too Late
13. Rock Me Baby
14. Stormy Monday
15. Type Thang
16. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
17. Ike's Rap IV
18. Ain't No Sunshine
19. Feelin' Alright

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1974 Tough Guys

01. Title Theme
02. Randolph & Dearborn
03. The Red Rooster
04. Joe Bell
05. Hung Up On My Baby
06. Kidnapped
07. Run Fay Run
08. Buns O'Plenty
09. The End Theme

1974 Truck Turner

01. Main Title �Truck Turner�
02. House Of Beauty
03. Blue's Crib
04. Driving In The Sun
05. Breakthrough
06. Now We're One
07. The Duke
08. Dorinda's Party
09. Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile
10. We Need Each Other Girl
11. A House Full Of Girls
12. Hospital Shoutout
13. You're In My Arms Again
14. Give It To Me
15. Drinking
16. The Insurance Company
17. End Theme

1975 Chocolate Chip

01. That Loving Feeling
02. Body Language
03. Chocolate Chip
04. Chocolate Chip(instrumental)
05. I Want To Make Love To You So Bad
06. Come Live With Me
07. I Can't Turn Around

1976 Disco Connection

01. The First Day Of Forever
02. St. Thomas Square
03. Vykkii
04. Disco Connection
05. Disco Shuffle
06. Choppers
07. After Five
08. Aruba

1976 Groove-A-Thon

01. Groove-A-Thon
02. Your Loving Is Much Too Strong
03. Rock Me Easy Baby
04. We've Got A whole Lot Of Love
05. Wish You Were Here
06. Make a Little Love To Me

1976 Juicy Fruit

1977 A Man And A woman

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1977 New Horizon

01. Stranger In Paradise
02. Midnight Loving (m�nage a trois)
03. Don't Take Your Love Away
04. Out Of The Ghetto
05. It's Heaven To Me

1978 For The Sake Of Love

1978 Hotbed

01. Use Me
02. I'm Gonna Have To Tell Her
03. The Ten Commandments Of Love
04. Feel Like Making Love
05. Hobosac And Me

1979 Don't Let Go

01. Don't Let Go
02. I Ain't Never
03. It's All In The Game
04. A Few More Kisses To Go
05. Love Has Been Good To Us
06. What Does It Take

1980 And Once Again

1980 Royal Rappins

1981 Lifetime Thing

01. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
02. Three Times A Lady
03. Fugitive
04. Lifetime Thing
05. Summer
06. I'm So Proud

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1986 U-Turn

01. If You Want My Loving, Do Me Right
02. Flash Backs
03. You Turn Me On
04. Ike's Rap VIII
05. Hey Girl
06. Doesn't Rain In London
07. Can't Take My Eyes Off You
08. Thing For You
09. Thank God For Love

1988 Love Attack

01. Love Attack
02. Let Me Be Your Everything
03. Showdown
04. Eye Of The Storm
05. Accused Rap
06. I Stand Accused '88
07. She's Got A Way
08. Foreplay Rap
09. Love won't Let Me Wait

1994 Wonderful

01. Ain't No Sunshine
02. Rolling Down A Mountainside
03. I Can't Help It(if I'm still in love with you)
04. Wonderful
05. Someone Made You For Me
06. Ain't That Loving You
07. Baby I'm-A-Want You
08. The Mistletoe And Me
09. Winter Snow

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1995 Branded

01. Ike's Plea
02. Life's Mood
03. Fragile
04. Life's Mood II
05. Summer In The City
06. Let Me Love You
07. I'll Do Anything (to turn you on)
08. Thanks To The Fool
09. Branded
10. Soulsville
11. Hyperbolicsyllabicsequedalymistic

1995 Raw And Refined

01. Birth Of Shaft
02. Urban Nights
03. Funkalicious
04. Tahoe Spring
05. The Night Before
06. Memphis Trax
07. Soul Fiddle
08. Funky Junky
09. You Make Me Live
10. Making Love At The Ocean
11. Southern Breeze
12. Didn't Know Love was So Good
13. The 405

2003 Instrumentals

01. Hung Up On My Baby
02. Ike's Mood pt. 1
03. No Name Bar
04. Let's Stay Together
05. Caf� Regio's
06. Blue's Crib
07. Now We're One
08. Dorinda's Party
09. Type Thang
10. Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile
11. Driving In The Sun
12. Ellie's Love Theme
13. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

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