Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes

American, Singer
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Isaac Hayes

Isaac Lee Hayes Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, and producer. Hayes was one of the creative forces behind the Southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a session musician and record producer, teaming with his partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. Hayes and Porter were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of writing scores of songs for themselves, the duo Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, and others. In 2002, Hayes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Full name at birth
Isaac Lee Hayes Jr.
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Claim to fame
Theme from Shaft, South Park
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Date of birth
20 August 1942
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Place of birth
Covington, Tennessee, USA
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Date of death
10 August 2008
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Age
65 (age at death)
Place of death
Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
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Cause of death
Stroke
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Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
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Singer-Songwriter, Actor, Producer
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6' 1" (185 cm)
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$12,000,000 USD
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There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins. Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored. As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices. - On why he quit "South Park" (1997) in 2006.
  • His character, "Chef", was killed off "South Park" (1997) after his resignation for religious reasons.
  • Was originally considered for the role of Shaft (1971); however, the lead went to Richard Roundtree. However, he got the lead role in Truck Turner (1974), which is the only film that he ever played such a part.
  • His performance as "Chef" in the TV series "South Park" (1997) was supposed to be a one-time event, but audience reaction was so positive, "Chef" became a regular character.
  • First African American composer to win an Oscar for Best Original Song (1972) for The Theme from Shaft (1971).
  • Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 9, 2005 in New York City alongside Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman, Bill Withers, John Fogerty, Steve Cropper and longtime collaborator David Porter.

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