Monday, August 11, 2008


Isaac Hayes (1942-2008) Mr. Hot Buttered Soul, and one of the primary creative forces behind Stax Records, just left his chains behind for good.

Most people know Hayes for his popular "Theme from Shaft," the quintessential blaxploitation soundtrack from 1971 with the whacka-whacka guitar, but earlier, in the 1960s, Hayes co-wrote such soul classics as "Soul Man" and "Hold On, I'm Coming" for Sam and Dave. You may also know him as the voice of Chef on the crudely animated TV show "South Park."

This film clip shows the "Shaft" soundtrack recording session, with Hayes leading the band and discussing the movie soundtrack with acclaimed photographer Gordon Parks, director of the film. They play "Cafe Reggio" and "Theme from Shaft."

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