Soul, Funk, Stage & Screen, Soundtracks, Blaxploitation, Southern Soul, Memphis Soul, Smooth Soul, Disco
Elegant, Sophisticated, Stylish, Intimate, Laid-Back/Mellow, Confident, Poignant, Refined/Mannered, Sentimental, Passionate, Romantic, Sexy, Gritty, Yearning, Sensual, Rousing, Sweet, Bittersweet, Plaintive, Ambitious
Songwriter, Vocals, Piano, Keyboards
Arranger, Leader, Saxophone
Actor/Actress, Soundtrack, Music Department
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Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American soul singer, songwriter, actor, producer and voice artist. 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, along with Bill Withers, the Sherman Brothers, Steve Cropper, and John Fogerty were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of writing scores of notable songs for themselves, the duo Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, and others. Hayes is also a 2002 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Covington, Tennessee, U.S.
Blues, Funk, Jazz-Funk, Soul, Disco
Singer-Songwriter, Actor, Producer
Piano, Keyboard Instruments, Vocals, Trombone, Saxophone
Enterprise/Stax, Abc, Columbia Records, Point Blank
David Porter, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, The Bar-Kays, Dionne Warwick
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Hayes was married four times and fathered 12 children. He died of a stroke August 10, 2008, after his wife, son and his wife's cousin found him unconscious at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. He is survived by his fourth wife, Adjowa, whom he married in 2005 and with whom he had a son.
Adjowa Hayes (m. 2005–2008)
Mignon Harley (m. 1973–1986)
Emily Ruth Watson (m. 1965–1972)
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Cause of Death
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Theme from Shaft, South Park
funk, jazz-funk, soul, disco
keyboard instruments, vocals, trombone, saxophone
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