Sunday, August 10, 2008

Isaac Hayes: 1942-2008

Isaac Hayes, the groundbreaking singer/songwriter who turned the lyric "Who's the black private dick that's a sex machine to all the chicks?" into Oscar winning gold, passed away today at the age of 65.

The soul superstar, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was the first African American composer to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song for his iconic "Theme from Shaft". His score for Shaft was also Oscar nominated, and netted him Golden Globe and Grammy Awards.

Hayes was also an actor, appearing in such films as Escape from New York, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, It Could Happen to You and Hustle & Flow. However, his most popular role was as the voice of Chef in the South Park TV show and movie.

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