Isaac Hayes: 1942 - 2008

Statement from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame regarding the passing of Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes
Jim Henke, Vice President of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs:

"Isaac Hayes was a multi-talented artist whose body of work had a tremendous influence on the music of the last 40 years. In the 1960s and early 1970s, he was a songwriter, producer, pianist and vocalist for Stax Records, and he played a crucial role in the development of Memphis soul music. Among his many accomplishments, he helped write such classic hits as 'Soul Man,' 'Hold On, I'm Coming' and 'B-A-B-Y.'

"His solo career included such classics as Hot Buttered Soul and the soundtrack to the movie Shaft. His work as a solo artist laid the groundwork for disco and, eventually, rap and hip-hop. Later, he embarked on a successful acting career.

"He was a truly talented artist and he will be sorely missed."

Born in 1942 in Covington, Tennessee, Hayes passed away on August 10 at the age of 65 at his home in Memphis. The exact cause of death has not been revealed.

[Published on: 8/11/08]

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ozarkkeegan Mon 8/11/2008 09:12AM
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iwantstogetfunkedup Mon 8/11/2008 09:25AM
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"Who is the private dick thats a sex machine to all the chicks, SHAFT!! Damn Right". RIP Isaac Hayes

jasonthehead Mon 8/11/2008 09:39AM
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"You are the Duke of New York and you're A number 1!"

matthau Mon 8/11/2008 10:06AM
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RIP Black Moses! Seriously this guy was larger then life. I get goosebumps watching his entrance on the "Wattstax" DVD. Oh and if you don't know what "Wattstax" is.....well, you better LEARN about it.

21mmer Mon 8/11/2008 10:29AM
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if hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic off of hot buttered soul doesn't get your ass shakin', i doubt that anything can.

gmoo Mon 8/11/2008 10:32AM
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I knew you'd be all over that one Zim Zima :)

Smittea starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/11/2008 10:55AM
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Two Tablespoons of cinnamon, and 2 or 3 eggwhites

A-Half a stick of butter, meeeelted..

Stick it all in a bowl baby, Stir it with a wooden spoon

Mix in a Cup of Flour, you'll be in heaven soon

Say everybody have you seen my balls?

They're big and salty and brown

If you ever need a quick Pick-me-up

Just stick my balls in your mouth!

Ooh, suck on my chocolate salty balls,

Stick em in your mouth and suck em!

Suck on my Chocolate Salty balls

They're packed full of vitamins, and good for you,

So suck on My balls!

Quarter cup of unsweeted chocolate, and half cup of brandy

Then throw in a bag or two of sugar, and just a pinch of vanilla

Grease up the cookiesheet, cos I hate when my balls stick

Then Preheat the oven to 350°(tree-fitty), and give that spoon a lick

Say everybody have you seen my balls?

They're big and salty and brown

If you ever need a quick Pick-me-up

Just stick my balls in your mouth...

Ooh, Suck on my chocolate salty balls

Stick em in your mouth and suck em!

Suck on my Chocolate Salty balls

they're packed full of goodness, high in Fiber

Suck on My balls!

[sniff sniff] Hey, wait a minute, what's that smell?

Smells like something burning

Well, that don't confront me none

As long as I get my rent paid on the Friday.

Baby you'd better get back in the Kitchen..

Cos i've gotta Sneaking Suspicion..

Oh man baby, baby! You just burnt my balls!

Someone help me, my balls are on fire!

Get some ice baby! My balls are Burning!

Give some water, pour some water on me!

My Balls are burning!

Oh my goodness, Blow on em, Blow on em, do something!

Ooh, suck on my chocolate salty balls

Put em in your mouth and suck em!

Suck on my Chocolate Salty balls

Put em out baby, Blow em!

Suck on my balls, baby! Suck on my balls Baby!

Suck on my red hot, salty, chocolate balls

Put em out baby, hoo, hoo

Suck on my balls...

jammasterjustin Mon 8/11/2008 10:56AM
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RIP chef!

voodoochili12 starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/11/2008 11:02AM
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Isaac Hayes should be remembered for showing us the meaning of tolerance. He stood up for his beliefs and rejected the bigotry and intolerance of South Park after eight years when they went too far and made fun of scientology... wait a minute...

tommont starstarstar Mon 8/11/2008 11:04AM
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RIP Isaac Hayes... another one of the greats passes on to the big house party in the sky...

Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic (Zodiac movies soundtrack lyrics)

I wanna come back

Coz I like it like that

Your modus operandi

Is really all right, out of sight

Your sweet phalanges

Know how to please

My gastronomical stupensity is really satisfied when you're loving me

Now tell me, what...I...say


I can't sleep at night

But that's all right

The M.D. tells me

My heart's on strike

Emanating originating from a love asphixiation

He said I better slow down before you drive me in the ground

But what he doesn't know is I want another encore

Now what...I...say


Let me stop procrastinatin'

Standin' hear, and narratin'

Find my emancipator, she's a love educator

Cerebral, cerebellum, amedulla oblongata

A slave's on a horse, everytime she explores

Just heard a discussion about a racial relationship

Now what...I...say


ScIFreak starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/11/2008 11:29AM
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"Blame that fruity little club for messing with his brain" - Kyle

msd413886669 starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/11/2008 11:33AM
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Black Moses and Bernie Mac in the same weekend. Man this is such a sad day. I truly will miss both of these fine gentleman. My heart goes out to their families. Walk On By was one of the best songs I've ever listened to, and it was one of the first songs I ever heard on 8track. Tears all around. Farewell gentlemen. Much Love

BGsteveBG Mon 8/11/2008 11:40AM
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A prostitute is someone who would love you

No matter who you are, or what you look like.

Yes, it's true, children.

That's not why you pay a prostitute,

No, you don't pay her to stay, you pay her to leave afterwards.

That's why I pays a lot for prostitutes! Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. James Taylor!

rjd999 Mon 8/11/2008 12:25PM
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isaac hayes is responsible for writing some of the best soul songs of all time. before he was ever a recording artist on stax, he was their chief songwriter, writing tunes for the likes of otis redding and sam and dave. r.i.p., and thank you for all of your contributions to music.

schofizzl Mon 8/11/2008 02:27PM
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i wonder if he still believes in scientology.... was a fan for so long, its a shame he had to go out on such an odd low note...

acomma Mon 8/11/2008 02:42PM
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It's crazy, both Hayes and Bernie Mac just completed a movie with Sammy J called 'Soul Men' or something. Tragic losses. RIP Mac and Hayes, you both were tremendous talents and went too early.

mflatow Mon 8/11/2008 02:46PM
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R.I.P. Hayes... (Issac Hayes photos from Brooklyn - July 2008)

snausages Mon 8/11/2008 03:38PM
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Out of all celeb deaths this one i was actually saddened by :(

he will be missed.

canoftunapudding Mon 8/11/2008 06:33PM
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Ohh Kathy Lee, you're such a special woman to me.

How I'd love do lay you down and lick every inch of your body with my tongue.

Kathy Lee, you're my sexual fantasy.

How about you and me.

Easywind1975 starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/11/2008 07:02PM
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Too bad man, this past June I was bummed that he was in Pittsburgh and I didn't know or try to see him. I said to myself I need to check him out. Check out his 1968 debut (I think) "Presenting Isaac Hayes" great stuff just the man and a piano. Do yourself a favor get out and see some of these older artists while you can, even if they're not in their "prime".

lovemusicfood starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/11/2008 07:24PM
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The theme from Shaft gets all the attention on the Shaft Soundtrack but the real awesome track on that album is "Do Your Thing". It rings in at almost 20 minutes and is a funky soulful jam out. Check it out!!!

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He was a really nice guy too, always was joking and making others feel comfortable.

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Sun 8/17/2008 07:15AM
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RIP Isaac.