Skip Pitts, Guitarist on the Funk Classic 'Theme From Shaft,' Dies at 65

Skip Pitts, a master of the wah-wah pedal guitar sound whose signature riff on Isaac Hayes’ “Theme From Shaft” captured perfectly the blaxploitation vibe of the 1970s, has died. He was 65. Pitts, who got guitar tips from his neighbor Bo Diddley as a kid growing up in Washington and also played on The Isley Brothers’ 1969 funk classic “It’s Your Thing,” died Tuesday at Methodist Hospital in Memphis after a struggle with cancer. Following time with the Isleys’ backing band The Midnight Movers, Pitts in 1971 began a 37-year collaboration with Hayes. When not on the road

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