Tuesday, August 12, 2008

RIP Isaac Hayes

Whether you know him as the singer/songwriter of the Theme from Shaft, or as the voice behind Chef on South Park, or for his many accomplishments as an arranger, record producer, composer or actor, Isaac Hayes deserves a place in the Pop Culture Hall of Fame. He died on August 10 at the age of 65. I won't spend time here detailing his life; a simple Internet search will give you an idea of the breathe and depth of his accomplishments. Today, I'd like to let the man's work speak for itself.

First, from 1969, his soulful arrangement of the Burt Bacharach classic, Walk On By:

Next, from 1995, performing Papa Was A Rolling Stone with Soul II Soul :

Finally, a live version of the Theme from Shaft performed at Brooklyn's Prospect Park on June 12 of this year:

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