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Isaac Hayes
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Isaac Hayes performs at the International Amphitheater in Chicago as part of the annual PUSH Black Expo, October 1973
Background information
Birth nameIsaac Lee Hayes, Jr.
BornAugust 20, 1942(1942-08-20)
Covington, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedAugust 10, 2008(2008-08-10) (aged 65)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresR&B, funk, soul, disco
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, arranger, record producer, and actor
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards, vocals, saxophone
Years active1962–2008
LabelsEnterprise/Stax, ABC, Columbia Records, Pointblank
Associated actsDavid Porter, Booker T. & the MGs, The Bar-Kays

Isaac Hayes (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American soul singer, songwriter, and actor. He was also known for playing Chef in South Park, but he left this role because he did not like it when South Park made fun of Scientology, which was his religion. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the theme from Shaft, a 1971 movie.


Hayes was found on the floor of his house on August 10, 2008. He was taken to the hospital. He died there, of a stroke.

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