Isaac Hayes Poster


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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 20 August 1942Covington, Tennessee, USA
Date of Death 10 August 2008Memphis, Tennessee, USA  (stroke)
Birth NameIsaac Lee Hayes Jr.
Nicknames The Black Moses
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 the age of 21. Otis Redding, Johnnie Taylor, The Bar-Kays and Booker T. Jones (later of Booker T. & the M.G.s fame) were some of the "Memphis Sound" musical luminaries Hayes worked with during his early years as a budding musician and vocalist. He is a multi-talented composer, singer and arranger who plays the piano, vibraphone and saxophone equally well. In 1971 he won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for a Motion Picture for the "Theme from Shaft" (1970) and was nominated for Best Original Dramatic Score for Shaft (1971).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: L. J. Allen-2

Spouse (3)

Adjowa Hayes (May 2005 - 10 August 2008) (his death) (1 child)
Mignon Harley (18 April 1973 - 1986) (divorced) (2 children)
Emily Ruth Watson (25 November 1966 - 1971) (divorced) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Deep voice

Trivia (15)

Has been a frequent songwriting collaborator with David Porter since 1962.
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.
Filed for bankruptcy in 1976.
First African American composer to win an Oscar for Best Original Song (1972) for The Theme from Shaft (1971).
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.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
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.
Is named among others as inspiration for the Massive Attack album "Blue Lines".
His character, "Chef", was killed off South Park (1997) after his resignation for religious reasons.
Was pronounced dead at 2:08 pm at Baptist Memorial Medical Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee on August 10, 2008.
Friend of Aretha Franklin.
Suffered a stroke in January 2006.
Brother of Willette Rankin.
Son (b. Nana Kwadjo April 10, 2006).

Personal Quotes (2)

"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.
Elvis was a giant and influenced everyone in the business.

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