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Isaac Hayes (I) (1942–2008)

Isaac Hayes was the second-born child of Isaac Sr. and Eula Hayes, but was raised by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Wade Sr. The child of a poor family, he grew up picking cotton in Covington, Tennessee. He dropped out of high school, only to be encouraged later by his former high school teachers to get his diploma. He earned his diploma at... See full bio »

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 2017 Naked (writer: "Hold On, I'm Comin'")
 2017 All Eyez on Me (performer: "Do Your Thing") / (writer: "Do Your Thing", "C.R.E.A.M.")
 2017 Baby Driver ("B-A-B-Y", "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby", "Know How")
 2017 A Dog's Purpose (writer: "I Thank You")
 2016 Sonshine (writer: "Float")
 2016/I Nerve (writer: "C.R.E.A.M.")
 2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (performer: "CHOCOLATE CHIP") / (writer: "CHOCOLATE CHIP")
 2016 Elvis & Nixon (writer: "Hold On I'm Coming")
 2016 How to Be Single (writer: "Hold On (I'm Comin')")
 2015 Straight Outta Compton (writer: "C.R.E.A.M.")
 2015 One More Time (performer: "Walk On By")
 2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (writer: "Wrap It Up")
 2014/II The Interview (performer: "Walk On By")
 2014/I Wild (performer: "Glory Box") / (writer: "Glory Box")
 2014 Chef (writer: "C.R.E.A.M.")
 2012 The Man with the Iron Fists (writer: "Your Good Thing Is About To End")
 2012 Stand Up Guys (writer: "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby")
 2012 Sushi Girl (performer: "Walk On By")
 2012 The Sapphires (writer: "Soul Man", "Soul Sister, Brown Sugar", "Hold On, I'm Coming")
 2012 The We and the I (writer: "Know How")
 2010 Due Date (writer: "Hold On I'm Comin'")
 2010 Vanishing on 7th Street (writer: "Your Good Thing (Is About To End)")
 2010 Love Ranch (writer: "Hold On I'm Comin'")
 2010 Cold Weather (writer: "Disco Connection")
 2009 Whip It (writer: "Know How")
 2009 Extract (writer: "I Thank You" (1966))
 2009 Fighting (writer: "Gotta Work")
 2009 Brooklyn's Finest (performer: "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic" (1969)) / (writer: "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic" (1969))
 2009 Notorious (performer: "Warning")
 2008 Transporter 3 (writer: "Hell Is Around the Corner")
 2008 Soul Men (performer: "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Never Can Say Goodbye (Soul Men Redux)") / (writer: "Hold On I'm Coming", "Do Your Thing")
 2008 Patrik, Age 1.5 (writer: "B.A.B.Y")
 2008 Julia (writer: "When something is wrong with my baby" - as I. Hayes)
 2008 First Sunday (writer: "C.R.E.A.M.")
 2007 American Gangster (writer: "Hold On I'm Comin'" (1966))
 2007 Illegal Tender (writer: "C.R.E.A.M.")
 2007 Eye See Me (performer: "Theme from ShaftIsaa") / (writer: "Theme from ShaftIsaa")
 2007 Talk to Me (writer: "Hold On I'm Comin'")
 2007 Zodiac (performer: "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic") / (writer: "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic")
 2007 Introducing the Dwights (writer: "Baby")
 2006/I The Guardian (writer: "Hold On I'm Comin'")
 2006 Stick It (writer: "The Game")
 2005 Lord of War (performer: "Glory Box" (1995)) / (writer: "Glory Box" (1995))
 2005 Tout pour plaire (writer: "Glory box")
 2005 Are We There Yet? (writer: "Theme From Shaft")
 2004 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (performer: "Three Tough Guys") / (writer: "Three Tough Guys")
 2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business (writer: "Hold On I'm Comin'")
 2003 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (performer: "Truck Turner", "Run Fay Run") / (writer: "Truck Turner", "Run Fay Run")
 2002 Dark Blue (writer: "Another Execution")
 2002 Friday After Next (writer: "Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto")
 2002 8 Mile (writer: "C.R.E.A.M.")
 2002 We Were Soldiers (writer: "Hold On I'm Coming")
 2002 La bande du drugstore (writer: "I thank you")
 2001 Haiku Tunnel (performer: "Lay Lady Lay")
 2000 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (performer: "Chuckie Chan (Martial Arts Expert of Reptarland)")
 2000 Shaft (performer: "Theme from Shaft") / (producer: "Theme from Shaft") / (writer: "Theme from Shaft")
 1999/I Black & White (performer: "We Live Here") / (writer: "We Live Here")
 1999 Love Stinks (writer: "Theme from Shaft")
 1999 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (performer: "Mountain Town (Reprise)")
 1999 Heart (writer: "Wrap It Up")
 1999 The Corruptor (writer: "The Corruptor's Execution" - as I. Hayes)
 1998 B. Monkey (writer: "GLORY BOX")
 1998 Head On (performer: "Theme from Shaft") / (writer: "Theme from Shaft")
 1997 Jackie Brown (performer: " (Holy Matrimony) Letter to the Firm" (1996)) / (writer: - as I. Hayes) / (writer: " (Holy Matrimony) Letter to the Firm" (1996))
 1997 I Know What You Did Last Summer (performer: "2Wicky")
 1997 Darkdrive (writer: "You're Taking Up Another Man's Place" - as Hayes)
 1997 Orgazmo (writer: "C.R.E.A.M.")
 1997 Good Burger (performer: "Theme") / (writer: "Theme")
 1997 The Devil's Own (writer: "All 4 Love")
 1996 Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (performer: "Two Cool Guys (Theme from 'Beavis and Butt-Head Do America')") / (producer: "Two Cool Guys (Theme from 'Beavis and Butt-Head Do America')") / (writer: "Two Cool Guys (Theme from 'Beavis and Butt-Head Do America')")
 1996 A Family Thing (writer: "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby")
 1996 Stealing Beauty (performer: "2 Wicky")
 1996 Two If by Sea (writer: "You Got Me Hummin'")
 1995 Home for the Holidays (performer: "Theme from Shaft") / (writer: "Theme from Shaft")
 1995 Dead Presidents (performer: "The Look Of Love", "Walk On By") / (writer: "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby")
 1995 La Haine (performer: "That Loving Feeling")
 1995 Tank Girl (writer: "B-A-B-Y", "Theme From Shaft")
 1994 Crooklyn (performer: "Theme From 'Shaft'") / (writer: "Theme From 'Shaft'")
 1994 Above the Rim (writer: "Theme from Shaft")
 1992 White Men Can't Jump (writer: "I TAKE WHAT I WANT")
 1991 Livin' Large! (writer: "Hold on I'm Coming")
 1991 Guilty as Charged (performer: "Amazing Grace")
 1990 Feuer, Eis & Dynamit (performer: "Fly")
 1989 Wired (writer: "Soul Man", "You Don't Know Like I Know")
 1989 Casualties of War (writer: "Hold On I'm Coming")
 1988 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (performer: "Theme from Shaft") / (producer: "Theme from Shaft") / (writer: "Theme from Shaft")
 1986 Soul Man ("Soul Man", "Theme from Shaft") / (performer: "Theme from Shaft")
 1983 Hot Dreams (performer: "The Insurance Company") / (writer: "The Insurance Company")
 1980 One-Trick Pony (writer: "Soul Man")
 1980 The Blues Brothers (writer: "SOOTHE ME", "HOLD ON, I'M COMIN'")
 1979 So Many Men, So Little Time (performer: "Joy" - uncredited) / (writer: "Joy" - uncredited)
 1979 'How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Lays.....!' (writer: "Theme from Shaft" - uncredited)
 1978 Bu ze shou duan (performer: "Stranger in Paradise")
 1978 What's Up Superdoc! (lyrics: "Hold On I'm Coming" - as Hayes) / (music: "Hold On I'm Coming" - as Hayes)
 1978 Virgin Forest (performer: "Do Your Thing" - uncredited) / (writer: "Do Your Thing" - uncredited)
 1977 Teenage Bikers (writer: "Theme from Shaft" - uncredited)
 1976 Linda & Cheri (performer: "The Look of Love" - uncredited)
 1976 Tian huang ju xing (performer: "Theme From Three Tough Guys", "Run Fay Run") / (writer: "Theme From Three Tough Guys", "Run Fay Run")
 1975 Up at JJ's Place (performer: "Joy" - uncredited) / (writer: "Joy" - uncredited)
 1975 French Shampoo (Homage to W. B.) (writer: "Hold On, I'm Comin'" - uncredited)
 1974 The Lover (writer: "Hold On, I'm Comin'" - uncredited)
 1973 Sons and Mothers (writer: "Theme from Shaft" - uncredited)
 1973 The Lumberjack (writer: "Theme from Shaft" - uncredited)
 1973 The Nymph Tapes (performer: "Theme from Shaft" - uncredited) / (writer: "Theme from Shaft" - uncredited)
 1973 Mo gui tian shi ("Shaft Theme")
 1973 Black Heat (performer: "The End Theme (from 'Shaft')" - uncredited) / (writer: "The End Theme (from 'Shaft')" - uncredited)
 1972 The Swing Thing (performer: "Never Gonna Give You Up", "(They Long to Be) Close to You", "Part Time Love" - uncredited)
 1972 Shaft's Big Score! (performer: "Type Thang") / (writer: "Type Thang")
 1971 Grad Nite (performer: "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic" - uncredited)
 1971 Shaft (performer: "Theme from Shaft", "Bumpy's Lament", "Walk from Regio's", "Ellie's Love Theme", "Shaft's Cab Ride", "Cafe Regio's", "Early Sunday Morning", "Be Yourself", "A Friend's Place", "Soulsville", "No Name Bar", "Bumpy's Blues", "Shaft Strikes Again", "Do Your Thing", "The End Theme" - uncredited) / (writer: "Theme from Shaft", "Bumpy's Lament", "Walk from Regio's", "Ellie's Love Theme", "Shaft's Cab Ride", "Cafe Regio's", "Early Sunday Morning", "Be Yourself", "A Friend's Place", "Soulsville", "No Name Bar", "Bumpy's Blues", "Shaft Strikes Again", "Do Your Thing", "The End Theme" - uncredited)
 1970 Maidstone (performer: "Precious, Precious", "I Just Want to Make Love to You", "Rock Me Baby") / (writer: "Precious, Precious")
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