Monday, August 11, 2008

Soul legend Isaac Hayes dies

Soul legend Isaac Hayes died yesterday at his home in Memphis, he was 65. Hayes had been struggling with health issues following a stroke in 2006.

Hayes got his start as a house songwriter and musician at Stax records in the 60s, eventually emerging as a successful solo artist with his breakout album Hot Buttered Soul. Hayes was a pivotal creative force in the genesis of 70's soul music, influencing artists to this day. He received numerous gold and platinum awards, and headlined the legendary Wattstax concert in 1973.

He also acted, and for several years provided the voice of Chef on the animated series South Park. Throughout his career he garnered dozens of Grammy's and other accolades, including an Oscar in 1972 for best original song and induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

CNN: Isaac Hayes obituary

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