August 14, 2008

RIP Isaac Hayes: (August 20, 1942 - August 10, 2008)

The music world lost an icon this past weekend. Isaac Hayes passed way on Sunday, August 10th; leaving behnd a legacy that arguably only a handful of musicians can match.
Isaac Hayes, aka Black Moses, was an American soul and funk singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, composer, and actor. He was also a film score composer for motion pictures, including the 1971 blaxpoitation film, Shaft, which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Song (the first Academy Award received by an African-American in a non-acting category).
Influential albums, like Hot Buttered Soul were important bodies of work, molding Soul music and laying the ground work for many artists to follow. Some of his most cherished works include his transformation of Burt Bacharach pop songs, like Walk On By and The Look Of Love into soulful, lengthy, orchestral epics.
More recently, he was known as the voice of the beloved Chef on South Park.
With this sad passing, psychology found it only fitting to pay tribute and honor one of the most soulful men to ever exist by composing The Diamond In The Rough: The Isaac Hayes Tribute, airing tonight (August 14th, 2008) on K103 radio at Midnight. The tribute mix can also be downloaded here or here.
RIP Isaac Hayes
August 20, 1942 - August 10, 2008

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