Isaac Hayes Dead at 65!

Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by Principessa, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Principessa

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2006
    Messages:
    19,494
    Likes Received:
    28
    Gender:
    Female
    If bad things come in three's, then I really don't want to know which extremely talented and beloved black artist is going to die unexpectedly next. :frown1: First Bernie Mac and now Isaac Hayes!


    Pioneering musician Isaac Hayes dead at 65
    Singer found unresponsive on floor near home treadmill
    BREAKING NEWS
    The Associated Press -updated 4:12 p.m. ET, Sun., Aug. 10, 2008


    Isaac Hayes, the pioneering singer, songwriter and musician whose relentless "Theme From Shaft" won Academy and Grammy awards, died Sunday, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said. He was 65.

    A family member found Hayes unresponsive near a treadmill and he was pronounced dead about an hour later at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, according to the sheriff's office. The cause of death was not immediately known.
    In the early 1970s, Hayes laid the groundwork for disco, for what became known as urban-contemporary music and for romantic crooners like Barry White. And he was rapping before there was rap.

    His career hit another high in 1997 when he became the voice of Chef, the sensible school cook and devoted ladies man on the animated TV show "South Park."

    The album "Hot Buttered Soul" made Hayes a star in 1969. His shaven head, gold chains and sunglasses gave him a compelling visual image. "Hot Buttered Soul" was groundbreaking in several ways: He sang in a "cool" style unlike the usual histrionics of big-time soul singers. He prefaced the song with "raps," and the numbers ran longer than three minutes with lush arrangements.

    "Jocks would play it at night," Hayes recalled in a 1999 Associated Press interview. "They could go to the bathroom, they could get a sandwich, or whatever."

    Next came "Theme From Shaft," a No. 1 hit in 1971 from the film "Shaft" starring Richard Roundtree.

    "That was like the shot heard round the world," Hayes said in the 1999 interview.
    At the Oscar ceremony in 1972, Hayes performed the song wearing an eye-popping amount of gold and received a standing ovation. TV Guide later chose it as No. 18 in its list of television's 25 most memorable moments. He won an Academy Award for the song and was nominated for another one for the score. The song and score also won him two Grammys.

    "The rappers have gone in and created a lot of hit music based upon my influence," he said. "And they'll tell you if you ask."

    Hayes was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

    "I knew nothing about the business, or trends and things like that," he said. "I think it was a matter of timing. I didn't know what was unfolding."

    It all started at Stax
    A self-taught musician, he was hired in 1964 by Stax Records of Memphis as a backup pianist, working as a session musician for Otis Redding and others. He also played saxophone.

    He began writing songs, establishing a songwriting partnership with David Porter, and in the 1960s they wrote such hits for Sam and Dave as "Hold On, I'm Coming" and "Soul Man."

    All this led to his recording contract.

    In 1972, he won another Grammy for his album "Black Moses" and earned a nickname he reluctantly embraced. Hayes composed film scores for "Tough Guys" and "Truck Turner" besides "Shaft." He also did the song "Two Cool Guys" on the "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America" movie soundtrack in 1996.

    Additionally, he was the voice of Nickelodeon's "Nick at Nite" and had radio shows in New York City (1996 to 2002) and then in Memphis.

    He was in several movies, including "It Could Happen to You" with Nicolas Cage, "Ninth Street" with Martin Sheen, "Reindeer Games" starring Ben Affleck and the blaxploitation parody "I'm Gonna Git You, Sucka."

    In the 1999 interview, Hayes described the South Park cook as "a person that speaks his mind; he's sensitive enough to care for children; he's wise enough to not be put into the 'whack' category like everybody else in town -- and he l-o-o-o-o-ves the ladies."

    But Hayes angrily quit the show in 2006 after an episode mocked his Scientology religion. "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," he said.

    Co-creator creators Matt Stone responded that Hayes "has no problem -- and he's cashed plenty of checks -- with our show making fun of Christians." A subsequent episode of the show seemingly killed off the Chef character.

    Hayes was born in 1942 in a tin shack in Covington, Tenn., about 40 miles north of Memphis. He was raised by his maternal grandparents after his mother died and his father took off when he was 1 1/2. The family moved to Memphis when he was 6.

    Hayes wanted to be a doctor, but got redirected when he won a talent contest in ninth grade by singing Nat King Cole's "Looking Back."

    He held down various low-paying jobs, including shining shoes on the legendary Beale Street in Memphis. He also played gigs in rural Southern juke joints where at times he had to hit the floor because someone began shooting.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26125699/
     
  2. D_Thoraxis_Biggulp

    D_Thoraxis_Biggulp New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2005
    Messages:
    1,352
    Likes Received:
    0
    I was just about to mention bad things happening in threes. Morgan Freeman just dodged the bullet, and hopefully it'll stay that way for a while.
     
  3. Tank30

    Tank30 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2006
    Messages:
    767
    Likes Received:
    2
    Gender:
    Male
    Geeze, more sad news....
     
  4. hairyman101

    hairyman101 New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2006
    Messages:
    990
    Albums:
    3
    Likes Received:
    246
    Gender:
    Male
    the theme from shaft is a classic!!! it will never die. RIP.
     
  5. MarkLondon

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2008
    Messages:
    1,986
    Albums:
    4
    Likes Received:
    16
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    London, UK
    A great man who had a great influence that's not yet been fully recognised. I mourn his passing.
     
  6. B_stanmarsh14

    B_stanmarsh14 New Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2007
    Messages:
    2,266
    Likes Received:
    6
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Nottingham, England
  7. hypoc8

    hypoc8 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    Messages:
    718
    Likes Received:
    5
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    SC
    It seems that several of you beat me to the "It comes in Threes". Sad news.
     
  8. Flashy

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2007
    Messages:
    8,097
    Likes Received:
    3
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    at home
    please let it be Will Smith...
     
  9. B_JasonDawgxxx

    B_JasonDawgxxx New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2008
    Messages:
    5,564
    Likes Received:
    5
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Beverly Hills Calif
    Such sad news. I love his old vintage disco song "Dont let go" Its on my i-pod. Im just sorry that he got mixed up in that nutty tom cruise cult. R.I.P. Issac Hayes, your music will live on forever.
     
  10. hypoc8

    hypoc8 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    Messages:
    718
    Likes Received:
    5
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    SC
    I don't like to wish bad things on anybody but Jesse & Al would be at the top of my list.
     
  11. Flashy

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2007
    Messages:
    8,097
    Likes Received:
    3
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    at home
    good point...about Jesse and Al i mean. :smile:

    i just hope it isn't a talented black person that i like such as B.B. King or Don Cheadle or Eddie Murphy.

    If someone's got to go, better it be someone who is not talented.
     
  12. donnydon

    donnydon New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    48
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    europe
    why shouldn't u pray again the third one..Hope it wont happen even if its ur belief is that bad things happens in three.
    May His soul rest in Perfect peace
     
  13. mista geechee

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,103
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    2
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    charleston, south carolina
    Eh, I could do without Eddie. He fell off like a bad bag of dope. But Don Cheadle is mah' dawg.

    I think karma itself has something big in store for Jesse and Al. Especially Jesse.
     
  14. Mr. Snakey

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2006
    Messages:
    24,702
    Likes Received:
    25
    Sad news again today indeed.
     
  15. D_Thoraxis_Biggulp

    D_Thoraxis_Biggulp New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2005
    Messages:
    1,352
    Likes Received:
    0
    I was thinking Reverend Wright.
     
  16. sargon20

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2006
    Messages:
    11,370
    Likes Received:
    2,102
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Atlantis
    So many contemptible 'human beings' in this thread.

    Issac was a great artist and will be missed.
     
  17. Principessa

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2006
    Messages:
    19,494
    Likes Received:
    28
    Gender:
    Female
    :yikes:
    Why on earth would you make such an evil statement? :wtf1: The man is married with young children what has he ever done to you?


    Then don't. :12: :mad:

    What the fuck is wrong with you people?!?! :angryfire2:

    I started this thread to inform people of the death of a great musical artist. Not to give narrow minds a forum to bitch about black stars they hate. Either offer your condolences and fond memories of his life and music or take your hate to a different thread. :mad:
     
    #17 Principessa, Aug 10, 2008
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2008
  18. Tank30

    Tank30 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2006
    Messages:
    767
    Likes Received:
    2
    Gender:
    Male
    Yeah, I don't understand the wishing certain peeps death on this thread. Back to Isaac I also enjoyed his work as an actor in films.
     
  19. sargon20

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2006
    Messages:
    11,370
    Likes Received:
    2,102
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Atlantis
    Complete cowards hiding in cyber space knowing full well to utter something so evil in public would result in a very public stoning.

    Back to Issac they are playing a marathon of his music tonight on the radio. So nice.
     
  20. HamYai

    HamYai New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2008
    Messages:
    757
    Likes Received:
    2
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    UK
    Sad news.

    If you're reading this, Isaac, you brought pleasure and, dare I say it, even positive influence to many (very many).

    How many of us can say that (including myself, here - cuz I can't).

    Hope your passing was easy and mellow (just like so many of your songs).

    R.I.P. Isaac Hayes.
     
Draft saved Draft deleted